How To Sew a Sail Kit

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Did you know that you can make your own sail using a Sailrite® sail kit? Since 1969, we’ve been equipping our customers with all the necessary supplies, tools and instructions needed to sew for their boats. When they’re in pursuit of a new sail, many of our customers say it’s easier to build a sail from a Sailrite sail kit than it is to sew canvas for dodgers and biminis. Our short video will guide you through the steps it takes to sew your own sail using one of our sail kits.

You can select from hundreds of sail kits available on our site to fit all the most popular sailboats. We’ll even help you create a custom sail kit if we do not have one readily available. When you select a sail kit, our sail designer Jeff Frank aids in every step of the process before it arrives at your door. Not only is Jeff an avid sailer, but he has been designing sails for over 27 years and has been our lead sail designer since 1991. Each sail kit is custom designed for maximum performance. Jeff oversees every part of your sail kit creation so that there’s no guesswork involved on your end. Be sure to watch our video included below for an in-depth look at this meticulous and innovative process.

Sailrite sail kits are specially designed to be easy to assemble and easy to sew. When your sail kit arrives, all the panels will be precut, tabled and numbered along with detailed instructions. Both seaming and hemming lines are plotted on each panel, and we include double sided basting tape to hold panels together while you’re working. All the fabric and hardware necessary will be included in your kit as well, so you can get started and get back out on the water in no time! The only other items you will need to complete this project are common household tools, a high-quality sewing machine and perhaps a grommet setter. In our video, we used the Sailrite® Professional 4‑Point Sewing Machine, Table & Workhorse™ Servo Motor (110V). You could also use the Ultrafeed® LSZ-1, but we recommend sewing a double zigzag stitch if this is the case.

When you want the best for your boat, Sailrite is there every step of the way. We offer everything you need to make your own sails, boat awnings, sail bags, biminis, dodgers, flags and sail covers like a professional. If you’re interested in a particular sail kit that you can’t find on our site, feel free to contact our sail designer, Jeff Frank, via email at jefff@sailrite.com to discuss your options. If you have any other questions or concerns, we have top-notch customer support staff ready to assist you.