Best Gifts for Upholsterers
Do you have a hard-to-shop-for DIYer on your gift list? Well, not to worry. At Sailrite®, we’re the experts in all things DIY! Let us help you find the perfect gift for the upholsterer in your life with our holiday buying guide! We’ve organized our lists into price ranges, meaning you’re sure to find the perfect gift that fits your budget.
Splurge Gifts: $150 and up
Mid-Range Gifts: $50-$150
Budget-Friendly Gifts: $50 and under
Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LS Walking Foot Sewing Machine
You might think upholstery work is all pulling fabric and stapling it into place — but there’s actually a lot of sewing involved. Sewing cushion covers, sewing piping for pillows and furniture pieces, and sewing fabric panels together all require a well-made, dependable sewing machine. Fabric assemblies can get thick, especially when sewing corners or sewing piping onto a cushion. The walking foot is designed to walk over your thickest upholstery applications with ease, and the built-in welting tunnel allows you to sew 1/4-inch piping without having to change the foot. The Ultrafeed LS is the machine you need to handle all your upholstery work.
Upholstery & Home Decor Package for Ultrafeed® LS
This upgrade accessories package for the Ultrafeed LS Sewing Machine has everything you need to master upholstery work. This unique assortment of upholstery supplies and notions was specially selected by the DIY experts at Sailrite. You'll find specialty presser feet for sewing zippers and double welting cord — must-have sewing machine add-ons for upholsterers. You'll also find basting tape, extra bobbins, thread snips, a wide assortment of thread and needle sizes, and more. Outfit your Ultrafeed for upholstery work with this exclusive accessories package.
Upholstery Tool Kit
This Sailrite-exclusive upholstery kit has everything you need to start reworking furniture and upholstery projects. Chosen by the DIY experts at Sailrite, we have included all the most-needed tools to get any beginner started in upholstery work or to provide an experienced upholsterer with an essential tool kit. These tools are the mainstays of upholstering and will be used again and again. Just some of the high-quality supplies included in the Upholstery Tool Kit are the Sailrite Short Nose Upholstery Staple Gun and staples, Gingher® fabric scissors, Clear Acrylic Ruler, a rawhide mallet, basting tape and so much more.
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W-1 Hand Press
This versatile, well-built tool is an upholsterer’s best friend! The W-1 Hand Press by C.S. Osborne cuts fabric and covers buttons for custom upholstery work. It also cuts holes for and installs brass and nickel spur grommets, vent grommets, curtain grommets and oversized plain grommets. This easy-to-operate hand press is designed to apply the perfect amount of pressure to cut fabric and set your hardware with professional consistency.
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Sailrite® Blade Foam Saw
Upholsterers do a lot of foam cutting. And when you want your upholstered piece to look the best, you need to use the best tools. The Sailrite Blade Foam Saw is an upholsterer’s dream. It cuts a full range of foam types including High Density Polyurethane Foam, Open Cell Foam and Closed Cell Foam with incredible ease and precision. With the dual-blade system, the stationary blade grabs the foam while the moving blade saws, creating smooth, clean cuts with less bounce than single-blade foam cutters. Any upholsterer — whether professional or DIYer — would love to receive this high-quality, useful gift.
Sailrite® Edge Hotknife
The Sailrite Edge Hotknife cuts and seals synthetic fabric and webbing for hassle-free cutting. The heated blade heats up in seconds and seals raw edges as it cuts to prevent fabrics from fraying and unraveling. This hotknife package comes with a cutting foot, hex key, wire brush to keep the blade clean, and a handy carrying case so you can easily store it or take it wherever you need to go.
Sailrite® Long Nose Upholstery Staple Gun
Every upholsterer needs a sturdy, well-built pneumatic staple gun. Upholstery work involves a lot of pulling and stapling fabric into place. Our Long Nose Upholstery Staple Gun is a lifesaver for upholsterers. It’s lightweight, has a comfort handgrip, and is precision engineered to drive staples in the perfect depth without damaging wood or the fabric. The long nose is ideal for those hard-to-reach corners.
Professional Stainless Steel 10" Scissors
These are the next best things when you can’t use a hotknife to cut fabric. These professional-quality shears beautifully slice through fabric and other materials for smooth, clean cuts and maximum cutting efficiency. The scissors feature a full-length “blade to tip” design for optimum cutting balance and are ideal for thicker, difficult-to-cut fabrics. The blades can be resharpened to like-new quality and precision.
Rotary Cutter & Cutting Mat Duo
Nothing goes together better than a rotary cutter and cutting mat. A self-healing cutting mat protects your work surface while using the rotary cutter. Mats are double-sided with an easy-to-read measuring grid on both sides. The mat is also labeled with 30-, 45- and 60-degree bias lines to make cutting bias strips quick and easy. The Fiskars® Comfort Grip Rotary Cutter glides and slices through upholstery fabrics beautifully. The stainless steel blade is retractable, and the ergonomically sculpted handle reduces hand fatigue common with scissors. The rotary cutter is suitable for both right- and left-handed DIYers.
Foam Hole Cutters
These hole cutters cut precise, perfectly sized holes in polyurethane upholstery foam for button tufting. The extremely sharp carbonized cutting edge cuts through seating foam with ease. The hole in the foam allows the button to sink into the foam for a professional-looking upholstered furniture piece. The hole cutters attach to a drill press or handheld power tool. You can cut through foam up to 5 inches thick by compressing the foam when drilling.
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Upholstery Starter Kit
This Upholstery Starter Kit from C.S. Osborne is a basic home upholstery kit that’s perfect for repairing sagging springs or rebuilding a chair or sofa. The kit includes a tack hammer with one magnetic end for picking up tacks, a webbing stretcher with spikes and rubber tread grip, a tack claw with a V-shaped notch to pry out tacks, 10-inch straight needle, 3-inch curved needle for blind stitching fabric, 6-inch curved needle, 36 upholstery pins and an instruction booklet and yardage chart. This is a great kit for anyone just starting out in the upholstery world who doesn’t have a lot of tools and supplies yet.
Handy Upholstery Helpers
These handy helpers will make any upholsterer’s life a little easier. A staple lifter is a must-have upholstery tool, and this one by C.S. Osborne features tempered steel and an easy-to-grip plastic handle. The precision tip removes staples of all sizes. Every DIYer needs a tack hammer in their upholstery toolbox. The magnetic split end lets you easily pick up small upholstery tacks and safely start them without risking any fingers. The other end is not magnetized and is a perfect striking face for finishing the installation of tacks.
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Fabric Edge Match Pliers
Fabric Edge Match Pliers help you pull and match up your top fabric layer with the bottom layer when sewing extremely curved and contoured shapes. These pliers are incredibly useful when sewing thick automotive seating vinyl, especially the headrests. Fabric can be difficult to pull and maneuver with your hands — these pliers are the answer. The lightly serrated tips provide a strong, secure grip without permanently marking your fabric.
Measuring and patterning fabric is a big part of an upholsterer’s day. Make the job easy for them with these super-useful patterning supplies! You can never have too many rulers, and the Sailrite® Clear Acrylic Ruler and Sailrite® Canvas Patterning Ruler will quickly become favorites in the workroom. Dura-Skrim® Patterning Material is used to pattern upholstery pieces prior to cutting fabric for perfect results every time. The Marking Tools Variety Pack includes 11 choices of marking chalks, markers and pencils for whatever fabric or material you are patterning. The Fiskars® Cuts+More™ 5-in-1 Multi-Purpose Scissors are quite possibly the world’s most versatile scissors. Including blades for cutting, a wire and twine cutter, tape cutter, bottle opener and more, you can’t go wrong with this ingenious item.
Sailrite® Foam Shaper
This handy helper will make a big difference in the quality of a finished cushion. This handheld tool shaves seating and upholstery foam. Use it to shape and contour cushions, bolster pads and automotive seating to achieve rounded edges and contoured seats. The stainless steel grating surface is replaceable.
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These little sewing accessories would make great stocking stuffers! Basting tape and Wonder Clips are a great “third hand” and keep fabric layers and hems in place prior to sewing. Hand sewing needles are a must-have in the upholstery world for finishing seams, adding decorative buttons and more. The Twist ‘N Select™ Needle Storage Tube holds various sizes of hand sewing needles, and the internal magnet fans them out for easy selection. The Sailrite® Battery Operated Thread Burner trims synthetic thread ends to keep them from unraveling. This handy gadget will turn DIYs into professional-looking works of art!
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Thanks for Reading!
We hope this gifting roundup has given you some ideas for the upholsterer on your holiday shopping list. Sailrite is your one-stop shop for fabric, tools, hardware, sewing machines and more to conquer all of your sewing DIY projects. If you have more than one crafty loved one to shop for, be sure to check out our other holiday gift guides to help you find the perfect present to put under the tree.