9 Time-Saving Tools to Speed Up Any Project

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Work smarter, not harder. This old adage is one we really believe in. That’s why we’re always looking for tools that will make DIY projects from marine canvaswork to upholstery projects more efficient while still maintaining professional-quality results. In this spirit, we’ve come up with a list of our nine top tools that will help you achieve great-looking results in less time!

Our 9 time-saving tools

9 Time-Saving Tools

Sailrite® Edge Hotknife

Sailrite Edge Hotknives

Hem less when you heat seal the edges of your synthetic fabrics with a hotknife! The Sailrite Edge Hotknife quickly and neatly cuts synthetic rope, webbing and fabrics with no unraveling for a clean, precision cut every time. Plus, it heats up in seconds so you’re always ready to go. We have two versions of our best-selling hotknife: the original corded Sailrite Edge and the Sailrite Edge Cordless Hotknife. Both are a great choice for canvasworkers, upholsterers and more. If you do a lot of work outdoors, at the marina or need ultimate mobility, we recommend our lithium-ion battery-powered cordless version.

Pair your Sailrite Edge Hotknife with the Tempered Cutting Glass for Hotknife for a perfect duo. This large piece of tempered safety glass protects your table or work surface from damage when using a hotknife. The glass surface protects both your work table and the hotknife blade, and it's only available at Sailrite.

Sailrite® Canvas Patterning Ruler

Sailrite Canvas Patterning Ruler drawing a line from the fabric edge

You’ll find several ways to use this versatile tool! This clear acrylic ruler features holes every quarter-inch to help you easily pattern perfect circles with a set radius, or scribe a line a set distance from the edge of the fabric. A lip on the metal top conveniently rests against the fabric edge for smoothly patterning seam allowances or cut lines.

Sailrite® Drill Hole Cutter Set

Sailrite Drill Hole Cutter Set

An exclusive tool set from Sailrite, the Drill Hole Cutter Set enables you to use a standard drill to cut holes in multiple layers of fabric, leather and webbing. This low-impact hole cutter set is much easier to use than a manual hole cutter and a mallet. It's also much faster to drill holes in your material than punching holes with a mallet. This all-in-one kit includes seven hole cutters in the following sizes: 1/8, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2 and 5/8 inch. Also included in the kit are the Sailrite® Cutting Block & Die Holder and a well-made carrying case to keep the hole cutters and cutting block safely stored.

Sailrite® Blade Foam Saw

Sailrite Blade Foam Saw

This well-engineered foam saw cuts foam smoothly and with more precision than electric kitchen knives and other foam saws on the market. Our dual-blade saw creates less bounce, which enables the tool to cut clean lines for the best-looking and fastest foam cutting. One stationary blade grabs the foam while the moving blade saws. You can even remove the base to make angled cuts. The Sailrite Blade Foam Saw cuts through a full range of foam types including High Density and Medium Density Polyurethane, Closed Cell and Dry Fast foam.

Sailrite® Upholstery Staple Guns

Sailrite Upholstery Staple Guns

Not just for upholstery shops, our upholstery staple guns are economical enough for the average DIYer who does upholstery work. Whether you're upholstering golf cart seats, powerboat or pontoon seating, living room furniture, patio chairs or more, our staple guns will make your DIY fast, easy and fun to work on.

If you're using hand-operated staple guns or electric staple guns, you might be experiencing frustration when the staples aren't being driven deep enough. Then you have to go back through and hammer the staples down. This is not only annoying but also a huge time-waster. If you have a subpar pneumatic staple gun, it is not uncommon for other guns to misfire or drive the staples too deep, damaging the fabric and resulting in more time wasted since you have to redo your work. Our Long Nose and Short Nose Upholstery Staple Guns are engineered to perfect penetration of the staples so you never damage either your fabric or the surface you're stapling into.

Speedy Stitcher® Sewing Awl

Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl sewing a patch

A great tool for making quick canvas or leather repairs, the Speedy Stitcher sews lock stitches just like a sewing machine! This tool comes in a complete kit with everything you need to get started, and extra needles conveniently store right in the handle, so it’s easy to keep at the ready in your toolbox.

Prong Bending Tool

Prong Bending Tool for Twist Lock and Lift-The-Dot Fasteners

This inexpensive tool greatly improves the process of installing DOT® Twist-Lock and Lift-The-Dot® fasteners. The concave end of the tool holds the end of the metal prongs on these fasteners to help you easily bend them over the backing plates — much smoother than using a screwdriver!

Pres-N-Snap Installation Tool

Pres-N-Snap Tool with dies

The Pres-N-Snap is a professional-quality fastener installation tool that condenses the process of installing fasteners into just one step — which you can do with one hand leaving a hand free to hold your fabric assembly! This versatile tool comes with six dies to install standard Ligne 24 snap fasteners and #1 plain washer grommets. Additional dies can be added on to make this your go-to installation tool.

Gingher® 8-Inch Scissors

Gingher scissors

A sharp, precise set of shears is a must-have for any DIYer! We love these knife-edge scissors by Gingher. With an 8-inch blade, these scissors were designed to smoothly cut through multiple layers of fabric all the way to the tip of the blades. A bent handle design makes them comfortable to hold and the blades can be sharpened, so they can be your go-to shears for years to come! These scissors are available in both right- and left-handed designs to perfectly suit every sewist!

You can find all of these handy tools and many more right here at Sailrite.

Have you used any of these tools? What are your favorite time-saving tools? Share your experiences with us in the comments!