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Re: [BKARTS] sewing

I take a spread arm's width (max) and sew until I run out then on knot on more. It's always a horrible idea to sew a book with too long a thread. Gets twisted into knots; caught on buttons, shoes, furniture, the cat, ...; gets worn out and shabby; tears the paper as it gets caught on something while pulling through... I could go on.

My absolute favorite binding (the one I recommend to all my students) for basic traditional binding is Books, Boxes, and Portfolios by Zeier. Really clear instructions that don't assume the student has much equipment. The materials handling section at the front is also excellent.

In terms of videos, look on YouTube. There are good ones, especially the ones by Peter Baumgartner, <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_EcRtRxVXI&feature=channel_page>. The sewing is on Bookbinding Part 2.

Hope this helps.


At 09:10 PM 1/9/2009, you wrote:
I'm working on a sewn binding- new at this- the instructions say to
have the thread = 1.5x the length of the spine x number of sections.
As this book will have 25 sections, and the spine is 8 inches- that's
a lot of thread- about 25 feet. I tried to do it with enough for five
sections- but the thread kept getting knotted and tangled.
Suggestions please. I live in a rural area and have no access to a
bookbinding class. I plan to order some DVD's when i get some cash.




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