When ordering your LeBaron Bonney Interior you may be presented with a choice of “stitch styles”. Most people aren’t familiar with the term “stitch styles”. They might be thinking “is that like cross stitch, or embroidery, or a zig-zag stitch like my mom did with her sewing machine?” Actually, when we refer to stitch styles it is the construction and appearance of seat faces, which are the center sections of the seat, as opposed to the border. The diagram below will help you visualize this.

Automotive Upholstery Stitch Styles - LeBaron Bonney Company

LeBaron Bonney offers four stitch styles:

Automotive Upholstery - Flat Material - LeBaron Bonney Company

Flat Material – It’s just like it sounds – a flat panel of fabric, leather, or vinyl. The only stitching is around the perimeter of the fabric where it attaches to the borders.

Automotive Upholstery - Heat Sealed Channel Quilted Vinyl - LeBaron Bonney Company

Heat-Sealed Channel Quilted Vinyl – This gives a vinyl face pleats and is produced by sandwiching batting, that is specialized for the heat sealing process, between the seating surface vinyl and a layer of “sacrificial vinyl”. A heated “die” is then pressed down on the layers of which effectively seals them together into pleats. Again the only “stitching” is around the perimeter of the fabric where it attaches to the borders.

Automotive Upholstery - Machine Quilted Straight Pleats - LeBaron Bonney Company

Machine Quilted Straight Pleats – Creates pleats on a fabric or vinyl face with stitching. This is done by laying the seating surface material on top of thin layers of batting and then stitching it together to form the pleats. LeBaron Bonney uses black thread for machine quilting. This stitch style is often chosen as a lower cost alternative to Top Stitched Pleats.

Automotive Upholstery - Top Stitched Pleats - LeBaron Bonney Company

Top Stitched Pleats – This is a premium pleating option for vinyl and fabric and leather that employs the same type of construction technique as Machine Quilted Straight Pleats, but utilizes thick poly foam for a more pronounced pleat. Thread matching the fabric is used.

So now when you hear us mention the term stitch styles you won’t be wondering if we are talking about a needle point quilt.