Archive for the ‘Products & Reviews’ Category


Review: Gedore Craftsman Scissors

Published by Naseem Muaddi on February 6th, 2017

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Gedore Craftsman Scissors

No hand tool is more essential to the craft of auto upholstery than quality scissors. That’s why most trimmers spend years testing different brands and models, searching for the perfect pair. And after they find one, it never leaves their side.

To help us in the hunt, the good folks at KC Tool recently sent us a pair of Gedore Craftsman Scissors to test. Check out our review and find out how you can win a free pair.

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Review: Knipex Diagonal Super Cutters

Published by Naseem Muaddi on January 4th, 2017

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No auto upholstery shop’s toolbox is complete without a pair of diagonal cutters. This multi-use tool is great for snapping hog rings, cutting wires, removing staples and an endless array of other tasks. That’s why trimmers always have one by their side.

The good folks at KC Tool recently sent us a pair of Knipex Twinforce Diagonal Super Cutters to test. Check out our review below and find out how you can win a pair.

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Review: Knipex Needle-Nose Hog Ring Pliers

Published by Naseem Muaddi on November 22nd, 2016

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Successful auto trimmers know that it pays to invest in high quality tools, especially those we use day in and day out. One such tool is hog ring pliers, which are vital to nearly all seat cover installs.

We recently had the opportunity to test a pair of Knipex‘s unique needle-nose hog ring pliers, which we spotted at the 2016 SEMA Show. Check out our review of the hand tool and learn how you can win a pair.

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The $20 Skiving Tool Every Upholstery Shop Needs

Published by Naseem Muaddi on October 6th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Tandy Super Skiver

Unwilling to drop big bucks on a leather skiving machine? Then check out this inexpensive alternative.

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Haartz Debuts Premium Convertible Top Brush

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on September 6th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Convertible Top Brush

Earlier this year, we collaborated with The Haartz Corporation to publish two very important care guides for cloth and vinyl convertible tops. Since then, trimmers all over the world have downloaded and shared them with customers. Today, Haartz goes one step further by introducing its very own premium convertible top brush.

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Where to Find Mustang Door Panel Vinyl

Published by Naseem Muaddi on August 17th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Door Panel Vinyl

Since its debut in 2005, the fifth-generation Ford Mustang has been plagued by falling door panel inserts. While this has resulted in a lot of business for auto upholstery shops, the original vinyl has long been discontinued — making it quite difficult to find an adequate match. Fortunately, Spradling is now reproducing the original vinyl as part of its “Softside” collection.

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Dream Garage: Vidir Textile Carousel

Published by Naseem Muaddi on August 2nd, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Vidir Textile Carousel

The latest addition to our “Dream Garage” is the Vidir Textile Carousel, a magnificent machine that eliminates the need for extensive shelf space — so long as your shop’s roof is high enough.

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So You Wanna Rock that BMW M Stripe?

Published by Naseem Muaddi on July 18th, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - BMW Stripe Stitch

BMW’s iconic ///M logo has a long history dating back to the 1970s when the German automaker first launched its motorsports racing program. The logo consists of an italicized “M” preceded by different colored stripes, each with its own special meaning.

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Dream Garage: Polymaster Fabric Rolling Machine

Published by Naseem Muaddi on June 13th, 2016

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The latest addition to our “Dream Garage” series is a tool that makes organizing an auto upholstery shop’s fabric and vinyl rolls a breeze. The Polymaster PM-II 180 is an automatic measuring and rolling machine that no fantasy shop should be without.

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Hydes Leather Offers Computerized Stitching

Published by Naseem Muaddi on June 2nd, 2016

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Exact Art Fabrications - Hydes Leather

Since computerized sewing machines hit the scene, trimmers have been trying to recreate automaker’s unique stitch patterns. However, sewing such complex designs on a traditional sewing machine can be tedious, time consuming and sometimes impossible. Fortunately Hydes Leather will do the hard work for you.

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