What Do You Think of Laced French Seams?

Published by Naseem Muaddi on April 16th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Laced Leather French Seam

Few automakers that exist outside the realm of super luxury brands have outfitted their interiors with leather laced French seams— probably because it’s so labor intensive. However, those that have continue to make a bold statement

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What’s New at DLT Upholstery Supply?

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on April 15th, 2014

DLT Upholstery Supply

Check out the April 2014 issue of “Upholstery & Trim News” for the latest news, sales and promotions from DLT Upholstery Supply. Like always, you can download your free copy here at The Hog Ring!

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Ward’s Picks Best Interiors of 2014

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on April 14th, 2014

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What do the Kia Soul and Rolls-Royce Wraith have in common? Not much… except they both just made WardsAuto’s list of the 10 best new OEM car interiors. In fact, this year’s list of honorees represents WardsAuto’s most diverse list yet.

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Check Out What’s New at Alea Leather

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on April 11th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Alea leather Lamborghini Aventador

We have lots of exciting news to report from Alea Leather this month — including product updates, free promotions, ways to make your auto upholstery shop’s website more engaging, and details on a one-off Lamborghini Aventador trimmed for a very special customer.

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Don’t Leave Customers’ Cars Vulnerable to Thieves

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on April 10th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Car Theft

Mac’s Auto Upholstery in Ventura, Calif. experienced an attempted theft on Wednesday that, although unfortunate, serves as a reminder to every auto trimmer to keep customers’ cars locked and secure at all times.

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Which Car Shows Should You Attend?

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on April 9th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Local Car Show

The Hog Ring has written extensively about the benefits of attending car shows. But it’s obviously not feasible to promote your auto upholstery shop at every one. So which shows should you attend? In his latest “Interior Insights” article for Performance & Hotrod Business magazine, Ace Eckleberry of ACE Custom Upholstery & Rod Shop lays out his plan for how he decides.

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The Hog Ring Can Help with Your Spring Cleaning

Published by Naseem Muaddi on April 8th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Messy Garage

We’re already three weeks into spring, has your shop started its spring cleaning? If not, take advantage of the “Buy, Sell, Trade” section of The Hog Ring‘s Auto Upholstery Forum, where trimmers list unwanted fabrics, tools, supplies, sewing machines and more.

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Introducing The Hog Ring Design Studio

Published by Naseem Muaddi on April 7th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Design Studio

We’ve all heard the adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, no one holds that to be more true than auto trimmers — who, time and time again, struggle to explain design concepts to clients who cannot picture our visions for their interiors or simply lack an understanding of our craft.

The Hog Ring has set out to solve this problem with our latest project: The Hog Ring Design Studio.

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Shop Profile: Custom Auto & Upholstery Center

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on April 4th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Custom Auto & Upholstery Center

Press of Atlantic City recently published a profile of Custom Auto & Upholstery Center, a Pleasantville, N.J. shop that’s been in the business for decades and maintains a pretty positive outlook on the industry’s state of affairs.

The article is interesting, not just because it allows us to peer into a another trimmer’s shop, but because it provides some interesting insight on how big (or small) our industry really is. For instance — before reading any further — can you guess how many auto trimmers there are in the United States?

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Convertible Hydraulic Systems with Kee Auto Top

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on April 3rd, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Kee Auto Top

With summer around the corner, Kee Auto Top published a helpful guide to maintaining convertible top hydraulic systems in its March newsletter. It’s a must read for every auto trimmer who repairs or installs convertible tops.

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