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Re: [BKARTS] sewing


To avoid the tangling and knots:   Once the thread is cut to size, and
threaded, hold the threaded needle with one hand, and with the other, run
the thread through the finger tips or nails slowly, and allow the loose end
to spin and unwind naturally.  Do this perhaps a few times.  This extends
out the sewing time before it begins to knot up, as it eventually will.  If
it knots up in the middle of a sewing procedure, untwist it again.  Some
binders wax the thread to prevent the knotting and tangling.  However,
taking some of the twist out of the thread initially, in our experience,
mostly avoids the need to wax.



>-----Original Message-----
>From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
>Sent: Friday, January 09, 2009 7:11 PM
>To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: sewing
>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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