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

To my knowledge, Audi was the first large-scale automaker to lace French seams. The decor, a basic spiral that added flair to its seat covers, was offered as an option in the early 2000’s on the first-generation TT roadster.

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Laced Leather French Seam - Audi TT

In 2005, Acura took the Audi option one step further with an X-pattern lace on the perimeter of the RL A-Spec Concept car’s seats. The idea was truly unique and inspired trimmers all over the world to replicate the design themselves.

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Laced Leather French Seam - Acura RL A-Spec

Not to be outdone, Audi responded with what I believe is the most beautiful iteration of laced French seams to date. The second-generation TT, which debuted in 2006, featured leather laces that not only wrapped around a French seam, but intersected as well — similar to a baseball stitch.

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Laced Leather French Seam - Audi TT

What do you think? Lacing French seams requires a lot of time, patience and skill. But is it worth the trouble? Share your thoughts on the look in the comments section below.

Also, if you’re a fan of braided leather interiors, check out our article “Sit Inside the BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept.”

6 Responses

  1. I love the look of the double laced, intersecting baseball “seam”!

  2. This is one way to cover up a not-so-perfect french stitch!

  3. rich santana says:

    That’s what I was thinking Jimmy!! I think that idea has been played out.

  4. LOL, I don’t think I’d invest all the time and effort required to lace just to cover up a sloppy French stitch. I would rather redo the seat.

  5. Gtrimming Gjudd says:

    Surprised Audi have done it again as it was a massive flop first time round in the uk but I know big manufactures tune interiors for certain markets… Personally it’s not for me

  6. dchike says:

    little to much if you ask me.

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