Alea: Leather Specialist Extraordinaire

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on July 25th, 2014

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The Detroit News recently published a fantastic profile of Alea Leather Specialist, Inc. that highlights their quality products and services, and sums up why we’re so proud to call them sponsors of The Hog Ring.

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Flashback: When Child Safety Seats Weren’t Safe

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on July 24th, 2014

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These days, parents who don’t strap their children into safety car seats can be fined or even jailed. However, that wasn’t always the case — especially in the 1930′s when child safety seats were first being developed and quite dangerous.

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Find Out What’s New at Electron Top

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on July 23rd, 2014

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Electron Top mailed a flier to auto upholstery shops this month warning them  to “Beware of Impostors” and “Accept no Imitations” — a call to only purchase and install convertible tops manufactured using Haartz fabric.

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Japanese Trains Put a New Spin on Swivel Seats

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on July 22nd, 2014

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General Motorsintroduction of swivel seats in 1973 made people’s heads turn, but these Japanese subway cars put a much cooler spin on the idea.

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The Newlong Industrial NP-7A Sewing Machine

Published by Naseem Muaddi on July 21st, 2014

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Check out this handheld industrial sewing machine. It probably wouldn’t serve much of a purpose in the automotive upholstery field, but it sure does appeal to the sewing machine buff in me.

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Shop Profile: Shoreham Upholstery

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on July 18th, 2014

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Jim Ortuno of Shoreham Upholstery in Shoreham, VT isn’t just an auto upholsterer, he’s an everything upholsterer — including cars, boats, airplanes, tractors, furniture, even doll houses and antique baby buggies. In fact, he boasts: ”If it holds still long enough, I can upholster it.”

Seven Days, a local Vermont newspaper, recently profiled Ortuno — casting light on a shop that has successfully managed to be everything to everyone. For any trimmer that’s interested in doing the same, it’s a profile worth reading.

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Photo: 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero Interior

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on July 17th, 2014

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Check out the interior of this 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero concept car. While the vehicle never made it to production, it’s widely regarded as a motorized work of art – especially its exterior, which was designed by none other than world-renowned car designer Marcello Gandini of now-defunct Italian automaker Gruppo Bertone.

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Alcantara: Beyond the Hype

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on July 16th, 2014

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AlcantaraAlcantaraAlcantara! These days, it’s the only fabric customers seem to know by name. But how many people – auto trimmers included – even know what it is? In a light-hearted article titled ”What The Hell is Alcantara, Anyway?,” automotive news blog Jalopnik breaks it down.

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The Up-and-Down History of the Convertible

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on July 15th, 2014

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CBS News recently aired a segment titled “The up-and-down history of the convertible” — which provides a fantastic overview of how and why convertible tops have teetered back and forth between being immensely popular and not very popular at all.

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Shop Profile: Marine Tops Unlimited

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on July 14th, 2014

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While The Hog Ring focuses on auto upholstery, many of us also dabble in marine work — which is why we’re highlighting the following profile of Marine Tops Unlimited, recently published in the Wisconsin State Journal. The shop, found in 1990 by  Steve Griffith, is one of the Midwest’s premier boat upholsterers.

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