DIY IS IN OUR DNA
At Sailrite, we’re a passionate crew of do-it-yourselfers who strive to equip and empower others to DIY for their own boats and homes. We equip you by being a one-stop retailer for fabric, tools, hardware, sewing supplies and even our own brand of Sailrite sewing machines to get the job done. Our extensive how-to section will empower you with the knowledge you need to make every project you can dream up a success.
Sailrite started back in 1969 after founders Jim and Connie Grant took an interest in building their own sails. As the story goes, Jim was in need of new sails for the Cal 20 National regatta and a local sailmaker couldn’t make them in time. So Jim bought the material and made a full set of sails himself. He sailed in the regatta and won second place! This, naturally, sparked interest among the other sailors and soon Jim, a college professor, began selling a correspondence course on sailmaking. These courses were the beginning of Sailrite and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, Sailrite is owned and operated by the second generation of the Grant family, Matt and Hallie Grant. Together they lead Sailrite's constantly growing list of crew members, including the third generation of Grants.
Behind the Sailrite Logo
Sailrite has grown and evolved since we first started in 1969, but our core values have remained the same. In 2015 we unveiled a logo that represents everything at the heart of who Sailrite is.
It's what every sewing project begins with. Thread is the heart of every project. Whether you’re a sailor, canvasworker, upholsterer, leatherworker or hobby sewist, thread is what binds us together as DIYers. Shown in the shape of an “S” to represent “Sailrite,” the thread in our logo stands for the trust you’ve placed in us to accompany you on your sewing journey.
The needle stitches together pieces of your story, pieces of your art. What do you see when you look at a needle? We see potential. We see possibility. We see passion.
The needle also represents our love of sewing and our drive to be your best source of DIY educational content. Our expansive how-to and instructional videos teach you the joy of DIY and how to thrive on self-sufficiency and creativity.
As a universally recognized nautical symbol, the anchor represents the heart of our business. An anchor does not slow us down or keep us in place. It grounds us and reminds us of where we came from and how much farther we want to go.
Thread, needle and anchor. Together, these three elements speak to all that we have accomplished — not just as a company, but in partnership with all of you, a community of land and seafaring DIYers spread across the globe.
Only At Sailrite
Though we started in the marine industry, over time we realized that our community of DIYers was sewing for more than just their sailboats. To better serve our growing customer base, we expanded our product line and how-to content to include projects for powerboats, pontoons, outdoor living, home décor, auto and RV upholstery, and even hobby projects and leather sewing. Now we are fully equipped to help you sew at home, on the water and beyond, starting with the most important part of your sewing journey: the sewing machine itself. Enter the Sailrite-exclusive Ultrafeed® Sewing Machine.
Our world-famous Sailrite Ultrafeed Sewing Machines are assembled, tuned and tested right here in our Indiana facility. We believe the Ultrafeed is the best portable sewing machine on the market, and we’re constantly innovating to make our machines the best they can possibly be. Click through to learn what makes Sailrite’s flagship sewing machine so special.