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Highlead GC0388-D -107

Heavy Duty Lockstitch Sewing Machine with Automatic Thread Trimmer 

Higher + Longer Arm & Dial Adjustable Walking Foot

Highlead GC0388-D walking foot sewing machine

The GC0388-D is the latest model in the Highlead range to be introduced in to the UK for sewing of heavy materials.

It features a top feed walking foot and bottom feed system that is suitable to sew medium & heavy weight materials such as leather, synthetics, canvas, plastics, webbing, upholstery, tarpaulin + heavier than normal standard fabrics.

The sewing arm is higher & 30% longer* than most standard machines: allowing additional sewing clearance for larger heavy items.  (Height 150mm x Length 335mm)

The balanced sewing machine head benefits from automatic lubrication to reduce wear & tear, resulting in improved durability, lower noise levels, smoother running and minimal maintenance costs.

The machine is equipped with a automatic thread trimmer which is mounted under the needle plate for quick & accurate cutting of thread at the end of a sewing cycle. This saves considerable time when compared with manual cutting of threads using scissors etc.  The thread trimmer is electronically controlled and uses electric impulse solenoids to move the cutting knives.

The position of the needle is controlled by an electronic needle position motor & controller.  This will automatically put the needle in an UP or DOWN position at the end of a sewing cycle: reducing the need to use the manual hand wheel. 

The fitting of a large hook & base as standard, reduces the number of bobbin changes and helps when using the thicker threads associated with heavier materials. A large stitch length is available up to 8mm.

The Highlead GC0388D is a feature packed heavy duty machine and as well as the Higher/longer arm and automatic thread trimming, it comes as standard with programmable auto back-tack, auto reverse, knuckle quick reverse and built in stitch program module.

It is fitted with the latest quiet & energy efficient electronically controlled heavy duty motor, which only runs when you are actually sewing; If you pause or stop: the motor stops immediately and is almost silent.

The GC0388-D is a general purpose walking foot machine with thread trimmer, for use on medium to heavy weight materials and is suited to sewing, for example, car seats, general leather articles, belts, canvas, tents, awnings, handbags, outdoor wear, camping goods etc.


Highlead Gc0388-D 107 sewing machine


  • 30% Longer arm*
  • Higher under arm clearance*
  • Clearance H 150mm x L 335mm
  • Automatic head lubrication
  • Automatic hook lubrication
  • Automatic thread trimmer
  • Automatic reverse
  • Dial adjustable walking foot
  • Long stitch feature
  • Large hook & base
  • Reverse stitch lever
  • Quiet balanced head
  • Latest AC servo electronic motor


  • Max sewing speed: 2000rpm
  • Stitch length: 0-8mm
  • Needle bar stroke: 38mm
  • Take up stroke: 73mm
  • Presser foot lift by hand: 6mm
  • Presser foot lift by knee: 16mm
  • Hook: large
  • Lubrication: Auto pump type

Basic model with-out automatic functions also available: Highlead GC0388 fitted with standard clutch motor

Other walking foot machines:   Highlead GC0318   Highlead GC0618   Highlead GC20618   Highlead GC20688-1D

*approximately when compared with standard arm GC machines

GC20618-1DZA   GC198-2   GC0388   GC198   HLK-430   GC0618-1-SC   DY-850   GC20618

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