Photo: Most Hideous Hummer Interior Ever?

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on July 28th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - 2011 Hummer H1 Interior

We’ve seen a lot of ugly vehicle interiors, but the custom cabin in this 2001 Hummer H1 takes the cake. Not only is the craftsmanship shoddy, but it’s trimmed in four exotic skins — including boa, alligator, ostrich and crocodile. If there was ever a vomit-inducing interior, this is it.

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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

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Japanese Subway Swivel Seats

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

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Newlong Industrial NP-7A

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

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Shoreham Upholstery

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

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Alcantara

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

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring  - Jaguar Classic E-type

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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