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General Discussion / Pro Tip: Sewing Leather With Ease
August 20, 2012, 09:10:56 am
We're excited to debut the first installment in a series of short "Pro Tip" videos that we've produced to help rookie (and perhaps even not-so-rookie) auto trimmers get the job done - effectively, efficiently and professionally.

In our first video, Naseem shares a simple trick that he uses to allow leather to slide under his sewing machine with ease.

Check it out!
Sure thing - Sid Chavers has good set:

Also, check out books on written by Ron Mangus. He's put together some great pictorials.
Hi all,

Check out our exclusive interview with master auto trimmer Shannon Walters of Interiors by Shannon:

Thanks Jojo and mike802. We appreciate the feedback!
General Discussion / Do you offer tiered pricing?
June 23, 2012, 09:00:34 am
HRR Mag recently published an interesting article by Ace Eckleberry of ACE Custom Upholstery & Rod Shop in which he discusses the benefits of offering customers service packages priced according to tier.

The piece makes for an interesting read - especially for shops looking to simplify the process through which they give estimates.

Check it out:
Haha our thoughts exactly!
Diamond Tufting on the exterior?

This is the definition of RIDICULOUS!
It really is neat. What I find intriguing about Europe, is that in addition to auto upholstery shops, they have loads of vehicle interior design firms that make and sell one-off special editions.
Carlex Design, a Polish design firm, is responsible for the upholstery in this Mini Countryman.

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We'd love your feedback on a video we put together, showing auto trimmers how to build mini display motorcycle seats to hang for display to their customers.

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Thanks in advance!
Hours behind the sewing machine causing back problems? Check out this short, two-page guide on how to curb the aches and pains:

It's definitely worth a read!
General Discussion / French-seam Piping
June 06, 2012, 10:43:49 am
You've seen French seams. You've seen piping. But have you ever seen the two styles combined?

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There's nothing more aggravating than a sewing needle that skips, makes irregular stitches or puckers fabric - especially when there's work to do. Fortunately, Schmetz Needles put together a handy troubleshooting guide to help resolve such problems.

The guide isn't comprehensive, but - more often than not - will help put your machine back on track to finishing that seat cover.

Check it out:
Check out our interview with Jay Teske of Pirate Upholstery - the shop behind some of the jaw dropping motorcycle seats featured on Discovery Channel's "American Choppers":
Auto upholsterers have seen it all - from the tasteless to the absolutely bizarre. Some of these interiors will blow your mind: