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Re: [BKARTS] How to sew pages without gaps



On second thought, of course, exposed historical structures might require a link stitch, like coptic bindings, but I think that only reinforces what I say about linked structures tending towards loose, flat, sometimes concave text blocks.

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From: Bruce Levy <levybooks@xxxxxxxxx>
Date:         Mon, 5 Jan 2004 13:47:16 -0500
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:      Re: [BKARTS] How to sew pages without gaps

> It's simply my own taste in sewing, but I try to avoid sewing with a linked stitch (to previous sections) except at the kettles.  To me it seems antithetical that one is placing a stress on the shape of the book that is in the opposite direction to the usual rounded back.
>      Except for heavily used library reference structures that have to withstand being driven over by a car, or for the experience of having made them, or specific structures that would require them (I can't think of any that REQUIRE a link stitch) it seems fairly heavy-handed and "over-kill".  Proper sewing technique, along with whatever follow-up in structure is required (according to the structure type- lining etc.) should afford a tight, nicely sewn block.  Loose sewing goes away with practice.
>      Pressing the block down every few sections (between the supports) while sewing can help  also.  If it is an adhesive structure, than I can't imagine why one would want a comparatively inflexible sewing.  One that, as the book is rounded, puts more and more stress on the sewing itself.  Just some thoughts- tomorrow I might think the opposite.
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> Bruce
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