Yesterday, you heard from Cadillac designers on the theory behind the brand’s cut-and-sew interiors. Today, we discover the process of putting cut-and-sew into production vehicles.
According to Erin Crossley, Cadillac Color and Trim Design Manager, the Cut and sew process involves taking multiple-cut soft-trim materials, sewing them together with a live stitch — a stitch that you can actually touch and feel — and then wrapping the resulting piece around an instrument panel, a door panel, or a console of a vehicle’s interior.
Cadillac is the only full-line luxury manufacturer that uses cut-and-sew on every vehicle, which is not the case for Cadillac’s rivals in the luxury/premium automotive space.
“One of the things we’re seeing a lot more of in the automotive world is the return of high craftsmanship”, says Eric Clough, Director of Design, Cadillac Interiors. It’s about “the human touch, which can go missing in mass-produced products”.
Cadillac takes highly-skilled craftspeople, who go through years of training and experience to get to the point where they can execute sewing with the precision that Cadillac requires, and mixes that with the technology. Even though it’s more cost- and time-intensive than the alternative, the result is a nice blend of Art and Science — the driving philosophy behind Cadillac’s vehicles.
Take a look for yourself at the cut-and-sew process in this video: