For 44 years, do-it-yourself canvas work has been a part of our business and our passion. So it’s not surprising that one of the questions we get asked most is: “What do I need to do my own canvas work?”
Starting to do your own canvas work is easy and all you really need is a sewing machine. However, depending on the project, you could also need a variety of other tools and soft goods.
Tool quality and selection is important. To help with selection, here are Sailrite Owner Matt Grant’s recommendations for a beginner’s toolbox.
Matt Grant’s Top 11 Tools for Canvas Workers
- Ultrafeed LS-1 or LSZ-1 Sewing Machine
- Knife-Edge Scissors
- Sailrite EDGE Hotknife
- SnapRite System
- Quick Fit Kit
- 1” Swing-Away Binder Attachment
- Deluxe Magnetic Sewing Guide
- Soapstone Pencil
- Grommet Installation Tools (die set, hole cutter, cutting block and mallet)
- Assorted Hand Needles
- Sailor’s Palm
In addition to tools, you’ll need a variety of other materials to craft your canvas creations. Fabric, binding, specific hardware, metal frames, and clear vinyl window material are all materials that should be purchased on a project-by-project basis.
There are several materials, however, that we consider staples for canvas work that might be worth keeping around.
Materials to Keep on Hand
- Outdoor and indoor thread
- Waxed twine
- Repair and reinforcement tape
- Double stick basting tape for canvas
- Snap fastener components
- Patterning material
- #2 grommets in various finishes
- 1” polyester webbing (for sew on tabs and reinforcement)
With the right tools and materials, you’ll be all set to start you canvas projects! All of these tools materials and project specific materials are available at www.sailrite.com.
If you’ve got all your tools and are looking for a good project to start, take a look at our library of how-to videos!
Are you an experienced canvas worker or a beginner? For you more experienced sewers out there, leave your advice for beginners in the comments.