Best Tufting Gun: Tips & Advice

Yes, tufting custom rugs are all the rage now on social media. If you are rug-curious, you may be tempted into purchasing a tufting gun and giving this new hobby a try.

Tufting guns are an affordable, fast alternative to latch/hook and punch needles—yet a fraction of industrial tufting machine. Many folks have turned this hobby into a side hustle, thanks to affordable tufting guns and a little patience.

Here are some tips and advice on buying a tufting gun for the novice rug maker:

• Yes, tufting guns work must like a sewing machine. They push yarn through fabric with a needle.

• Look for guns that have a variety of settings—some are designed for loop pile or cut pile rugs,.

• Some guns can use more than one thread of yarn at a time.

When we asked our parent readers who are DIY rug enthusiasts for their best advice on buying a tufting gun, we learned it comes down to some basic metrics: stitches per second, the carpet height and the weight of the gun.

After taking several suggestions and doing additional research, here are the tufting guns we think are best:

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do extensive research, evaluating products with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability. When we purchase a product for hands-on testing, we do so with our own money. 

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported!