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Personalising seat covers – this is what you take into consideration

Imagine going to a restaurant and immediately getting served a meal. In some instances, that’s just great, unless you have to go to the same restaurant every single time, and the food served is exactly the same every day. Clearly, that is not ideal. Because people want options.

 

And that is why personalisation and customisation is a part of the automotive world which continues to grow. More than ever, buyers are keen to put their own design impulses into a purchase. It’s almost a throwback to the first few decades of the industry, when coachbuilders built vehicle bodies according to customer requirements.

 

In this aspect, DK SCHWEIZER offers a wide variety of elements and techniques that are used in the ready-made designs. These techniques make the seat covers look how they do, so it’s useful to know what DK SCHWEIZER is capable of and what the terms are. It’s extra useful if you plan to get set of personalised seat covers from DK SCHWEIZER.

  • > Contrast stitching

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    This is quite a normal element, so you’ve probably seen it before. As the name suggests, contrast stitching is when the colour of the thread used on the seat is visibly different from the material it’s sewn on. Normal combinations are black/red and black/yellow. Contrast stitching is effective to help make the basic seat design stand out.

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  • > Pattern stitching

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    This is using stitching as a more prominent feature of the overall design. Some immediately popular patterns include diamond, hexagonal, matrix, and herringbone. However typically this technique is not applied to the entire seat cover due to its strong effect on overall look. At DK SCHWEIZER, the quality of our pattern stitching is exceptionally high thanks to the use of the latest CNC machines. It also allows for our large library of stitching patterns (of a few dozens); something we think is a nice problem for our customers to have.

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    > Embroidery

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    Embroidery is a very localised design element, usually applied at the headrest. Clients tend to use it for displaying their logo or initials and naturally this makes embroidery a powerful tool for a truly customised look. Since embroidery uses threads, designs can be in colour which is something not possible with embossing (you’ll read about that later in this article).

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    > Perforation

    This is probably the most popular design element, not just because of its subtlety but also because perforation has practical uses. For example, it allows for the material – full leather, for example – to breathe. This in turn helps with durability and helps to cool the leather quicker during hot days. In addition, it functions to provide additional texture on an otherwise slippery surface. (seen here as a cut part)

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    > Digital Punch

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    Digital punching is a design element in itself, and actually is a slightly more complex form of perforation. By this, we mean that the holes can be made to form specific patterns (from simple diamond shapes to more elaborate ones) or even create the holes with different shapes. Imagine a pattern of holes that form an octagon, with the individual holes also being octagons (or other shapes).

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    > Embossing/debossing

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    These two almost look the same but that’s not the case. Emboss is when the pattern/monogram is pushed from behind the material for a raised effect, while deboss is when the pattern is pushed onto the material. The latter can also be used to create an effect into the leather (a faux crocodile skin effect can be achieved by roller or plate).

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All these design techniques can result in an unlimited amount of options, especially when the different type of material and colours are included. Furthermore, there are combinations which can result in exciting looks which are bespoke to your preference. This includes combining digital punching with pattern stitching, or embroidery with contrast stitching of the same colours.

 

So now that you’re more familiar with the options there are to consider, how will your next seat cover from DK SCHWEIZER look like?

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