Faurecia Introduces Flat-Seam Stitching

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 23rd, 2013

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Faurecia flat-seam stitch

Faurecia, one of the largest automotive interior-parts manufacturers in the world, is boasting about having developed flat-seam stitching for customizable, high-end automotive seating – done entirely by machine.

Faurecia explains:

Flat-seam stitching offers greater stylistic freedom during the design process: seats can curve in ways never before seen, without stitching that would detract from cushion comfort.

Four-thread flat-seam stitching also allows for a myriad of color combinations, offering added options for a customized look.

Suitable for both fabric and vinyl, this latest innovation was made possible by Faurecia’s specially developed stitching machinery.

What do you think? Let’s have a round-table discussion on Faurecia’s flat-seam stitching. Take a look the following examples posted on the company’s website and tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Faurecia flat-seam stitch

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Faurecia flat-seam stitch

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Faurecia flat-seam stitch




14 Responses

  1. DaneDobrinska DaneDobrinska says:

    Great Technology, this really “pops” and is very aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The only drawback I see is there is no way for the local trimmer to duplicate this if it becomes something clients begin to request. But from a production standpoint, its good to see the manufacturers putting more emphasis on the aesthetics of vehicle interior design.

  2. “Flat-seam stitching offers greater stylistic freedom during the design process: seats can curve in ways never before seen, without stitching that would detract from cushion comfort.”

    Someone is going to have to explain that statement to me. How does that stitch allow seats to curve in ways never before seen?

  3. Jim says:

    OK – picture a common armrest shape: 1-1/2″ – 2″ tall, 8-10″ long, 2″ wide, eclair-shaped. Now, instead of the flat, vertical sides, make the sides taper together at a sharp point that circles the piece . . . your classic flying-saucer edge. Now imagine what stitch would work best for that. All hypothetical, of course, but you may run into that shape – (like somebody’s motorcycle seat recently on the forum). This stitch might be the best option to get a flat, even seam and minimal ‘tailoring’

    –Jim

  4. I love that new stitch… I want to know more about the machines that produce that kind of look….

  5. Cesar Cesar says:

    As Nadeem says we could replicate this stitch by hand-sewing a lace or thread crossing it through the other machine-sewed stitches…but it is time-consuming though!
    The machine could be a kind of ‘overlocking or serger sewing machine’. IMHO I agree with Nadeem…it is only a nice ‘new stitch look’like the other traditionals that fulfill the same purpose.

  6. Cesar Cesar says:

    In former statement my last opinion is referred to Nassem question How does that stitch allow seats to curve in ways never before seen? …I think they’re exaggerating unless I see a demonstration.

  7. Etienne says:

    Hi,
    I’m the ” owner” of this technology. I made the development of this technology and there is a Faurecia patent. On this machine, we have for needles and a spader. In this case, we can have 5 different colors of thread on top.I made a lot of samples and complet seat with Faurecia designer’s team. The results are great !
    You will be able to see beautiful seats with this technology and also in the Trim Wall at the IAA Auto show of Frankfurt in Germany starting september 10th.
    Regards

  8. Cesar Cesar says:

    Thanks for the information. It would be pretty intereting to watch and admire these new designs applied on automotive upholstery!

  9. Retired… I Would Want To See This Stitch After Its A Few Years Old. I Usually Wouldnt Do Any Work If I Wouldnt Wont the Product Or Material Or Stitch In My Own Personel Auto. Look At How The Craftsmanship Of The Automobile Repair Has Changed. Cut And Sew Carpet Dosent Exsist Any Longer Cut And Sew Seatcovers Are On There Way Out And Now Your Own Stitching Isnt Any Good. May As Well Just Hire Someone Else Just To Do The Work And Manage Manage Manage.

  10. I thought this was so cool. So I was able to duplicate this… I am new to The Hog Ring and I was curious how to post on the Unique Pleat Designs discussion as I could not post on it. How can I upload a picture here to show it?

    • Hi Ryan. You can either provide a link to your photo here in the comments section, or join our Auto Upholstery Forum where you can post photos directly to the site. Looking forward to seeing your work!

  11. dspawlosky says:

    This stitch looks like they are using a serger. Nothing new in the sewing community. But I have never seen a commerial serger.


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