Porsche offers a cosmetic package called “Deviated Stitching,” which is nothing more than a contrasting color of stitches for all of the exposed threads throughout the interior. For the insane price of $4,500, Porsche will change out the spool of thread on the assembly line.

With a little time and less than $3 in materials, anyone can replicate the appearance of contrast stitching in their own car.

Items needed:

  • 1 spool of thick upholstery thread in a color of your choice.
  • A needle large enough for the upholstery thread.
  • Scissors.

The process:

Measure and cut the thread to be 2-3 times the length actually needed for the panel you are working on.

Thread the needle.

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Using the needle, loop your thread under the first existing stitch on the panel and pull the thread halfway through. This will serve as an anchor point for beginning your contrast stitching overlay.

Feed both ends of the thread through the needle so that your thread is now double in thickness.

Maintaining a consistent pattern, feed the thread underneath every stitch along the panel.

When you arrive at the end of the row, only feed one of the two thread ends under the final stitch. Tie the threads together and cut away any excess thread.

While this process can be very time consuming, the finished result truly looks like a contrast stitching option. Only upon close inspection can you tell the thread is looped under existing stitches.

Michael is an automotive enthusiast and YouTube content creator, living amongst the twisty roads of the north Georgia mountains. You may recognize his screen name, MyNameIdeasWereTaken, within the Porsche, Volvo, and Subaru communities.