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Highlead GC20688-1D (MIT)

High Speed & High Specification 

Heavy Duty Walking Foot Sewing Machine with Thread Trimmer

Mitsubishi Electronic Control & Servo Motor


highlead GC20688-1D walking foot sewing machine

The GC20688-1D is Highlead's high speed heavy duty compound & walking foot feed lockstitch sewing machine with automatic thread trimmer and advanced features including: quick presser foot stroke adjustment and integrated second stitch length adjuster.

For use in many sections of the heavy duty sewing industry including the manufacture & topstitching of high-end house hold upholstery, car upholstery, leather goods, seats, filters, technical textiles, plastic & laminated products etc.

Its heavy duty combined triple feeding action by way of: bottom feed, needle feed and walking foot top feed, guarantees effective handling of medium to heavy weight materials, leather and fabrics.

The Highlead GC20688-1D is very much a premium high specification model and has features including: heavy duty sewing speeds up-to 3500 stitch per minute, longer 300mm under arm clearance, automatic thread trimmer, automatic seam back-tacking, automatic foot lifting device, digital stitch program box and easy to use under arm controls.  All these features come as standard and are not expensive options; so you get a "top of the range" industrial sewing machine straight away.

The latest revised model is fitted with a world class electronic control system and heavy duty servo motor manufactured by the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Japan.  2019 onward UK models now include a larger user friendly Mitsubishi G500 operator control panel.



  • High speed sewing action
  • Automatic head lubrication
  • Automatic thread trimmer
  • Automatic reverse
  • Long stitch feature
  • Large vertical axis hook & base
  • longer arm sewing clearance
  • Second stitch dial
  • Quick presser foot stroke movement adjuster
  • Quick change over devices
  • Easy under arm controls
  • Automatic foot lifter
  • Low bobbin thread warning
  • Hook safety clutch
  • Mitsubishi electronics & motor
Highlead Gc20688-1D top dial

Easy to operate top dial adjusts the alternating presser foot movement and automatically sets the corresponding sewing speed.

  • Max sewing speed: 3500rpm*
  • Stitch length: 0-9mm
  • Needle bar stroke: 34mm
  • Take up stroke: 74.5mm
  • Presser foot lift by hand: 9mm
  • Presser foot lift by Knee: 16mm
  • Hook: large Vertical type
  • Working Space: 300 x 120mm
  • Lubrication: Automatic
  • Electronics: Mitsubishi Japan
  • Servo motor: Mitsubishi Japan 

*subject to work & application


highlead GC20688-1D unit


Mitsubishi G500 and Highlead GC20618-1D


GC20688-1D 300mm clearance

under arm buttons

hand wheel on GC20688 series

16mm foot lift

Highlead two stitch dials1.6 x large hook


Highlead GC20688-1D

Highlead GC20688-1-D MIT on show @ Braithwaite's Manchester warehouse

Video clip of Highlead GC20688-1D high speed walking foot sewing machine

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Other Highlead walking foot machines:   Highlead GC20618-1   Highlead GC20618-1D   Highlead GC20618-2

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