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Re: [BKARTS] Secret Belgian Binding question



I guess it's a matter of personal preference as I like to sew the block
first and then the covers.
I took my first book apart several times until I got the stitching even but
keep at it, eventually you'll feel like you can do it with two hands :)
-Kiley

On Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 4:37 PM, David & Mary Jane Henley <
maryjanehenley@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> I've done quite a few books using both methods, and I've taught them, too.
>  I personally get a better result when I put the case together first,
> although sewing in the signatures one-by-one can be a little tricky.  It
> helps if you don't pull the thread tight until after you complete the
> stitching on each signature (i.e. don't tighten after each stitch -- leave
> slack in the thread until you finish sewing each signature).  But when you
> do tighten the stitching on each signature, it's important to make sure it's
> good and tight before proceeding to the next signature.
>
> It's easier to teach the method with the text block sewn first, and most of
> my bookbinding friends prefer it.  The end result can be a little "wobbly,"
> though, so I don't like the result as much.  If you try this method, I've
> found using "tapes" of thin mylar under the text block stitching works well
> -- the mylar is easier to pull out than other materials (like Tyvek) after
> you sew on the covers and spine, and you're not as likely to puncture it
> with your needle and accidentally sew it, too.
>
> This is just my experience... I hope it helps.
>
> Mary Jane
>
>
> On Apr 22, 2009, at 4:07 PM, Tina Howard wrote:
>
>  I have some instructions (books and the web) that state
>> the Secret Belgian Binding should have the text block sewn
>> and then the case is stitched through the text block sewing.
>> Then another set of instructions state to put the case together
>> and then sew on the signatures.  I feel like I need 5 more
>> hands to do this the first method.  I haven't tried the second
>> method yet.
>>
>> Any input?
>>
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