Do I have to use tufting cloth or can I use another type?
You either need a cloth specific to machine tufting like the product we sell or a high quality monk's cloth. We've tested linen and burlap and had mixed results. We also tested a few monk's cloths and some of them shredded when we tried to tuft them.
Canvas, muslin and other woven fabrics cannot be tufted into. The needle of the machine is too large and not sharp enough.