Cadillac Alone Produces Cut-and-Sewn Interiors on All Its Models
Cut-and-sewn interiors are laborious work, but the pure beauty and true craftsmanship are worth the time and effort. At least, Cadillac thinks so. In fact, Cadillac is the only automaker—even among other luxury carmakers—to include cut-and-sewn interiors across its entire lineup. Other luxury automakers typically include them on their top-end models but on no others.
“Put simply, Cut-and-Sew is people sitting behind sewing machines and sewing the material together,” explained Eric Clough, director of design, Cadillac interiors. “We use Cut-and-Sew in Cadillacs because it is distinctive and a very premium process.”
The process is rather intricate. Before the actual sewing, the materials and hides are carefully inspected by hand, then the patterns are “nested” by a machine. Then the actual sewers get to work, sewing for both function and decoration. Even the application of the material to parts of the car (like the dashboards) is done by hand.
“Cut-and-Sew shows a level of craftsmanship and a level of care taken in creating a product,” said Erin Crossley, design manager, Cadillac color and trim. “It gives something for the customer to connect with. You see the same kind of material detailing in other items luxury consumers value, like high-end furniture and leather handbags.”
Clough concluded, “There are other mass-produced processes that are less expensive, more efficient and don’t require as many people, but when you see the real thing you know that it’s genuine.”
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