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Binding Pamphlets and Booklets Part 5

Sewing Multiple Signature Pamphlets Into Binders A multiple-signature pamphlet that is side sewn or side stapled can be punched or drilled and sewn into a binder using the 3 or 5 hole pamphlet stitch above. Also, the staples can be removed and the signatures sewn individually. Multiple signature pamphlets that are sewn through the fold may be attached to a pamphlet binder with a secondary sewing to retain the ability of the pamphlet to open flat. Check the original sewing to make sure it is…

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Binding Pamphlets

Binding Pamphlets and Booklets Part 4

THE FIVE HOLE PAMPHLET STITCH The instructions for the five hole pamphlet stitch use a one signature pamphlet. The same sewing pattern can be used for items published as individual sheets of folded paper. Sewing multiple signature materials into pamphlet binders is discussed in a separate post. Detailed instructions for placing and punching sewing holes are given in previous posts. Measure a length of thread that is two times the height of the book plus 4 – 6”. Preparing the thread and needle is…

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Binding Pamphlets

Binding Pamphlets and Booklets Part 3

THE THREE HOLE PAMPHLET STITCH Choose the three hole stitch for fairly thin material that is less than 7” tall. A taller, heavier booklet should be sewn with the five-hole stitch. These instructions  for the three hole pamphlet stitch using a one signature pamphlet. The same sewing pattern can be used for items published as individual sheets or side stapled. Sewing multiple signature materials into pamphlet binders is discussed in a separate post. Instructions for placing and punching sewing holes can be found in previous…

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Binding Pamphlets

Binding Pamphlets and Booklets Part 2

Punching Sewing Holes in Pamphlet Materials Center Folded Materials For items that are center folded, a punching jig and signature cradle can be used. If a sewing cradle is not being used or if the material is loose pages, binder or bulldog clips can be used to hold the punching jig in place when the holes are punched. To punch the sewing stations in a booklet and a pamphlet binder at the same time, position the booklet inside the binder and hold both in place…

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Binding Pamphlets

Binding Pamphlets and Booklets Part 1

Over the next few posts I will talk about methods of binding pamphlets, booklets or single pages of information into a solid covering. Pamphlets or booklets are unbound material l/2” or thinner in spine width. These materials can be individual sheets or single or multiple signatures and can be sewn or stapled into a pamphlet binder. The three or five hole pamphlet stitch is used to sew individual sheets or signatures into a pamphlet binder. Either sewing stitch works well on most center sewn…

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Spiral bound books

Reinforcing Spiral Bound Books

Spiral bindings can be reinforced for longer life. This technique was developed at the University of Michigan Library and uses a special product called Tyvek. Tyvek is strong, lightweight polyester “paper” that will not tear. Tyvek and PVA have a similar chemical makeup and bond very tightly. Tyvek can be purchased through library, art supply and camping/bushwalking sources. When using recycled Tyvek, glue the print side down. Photocopy any information on the inside of the front or back covers. Trim the photocopies and hinge (click here…

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paperback books

Plastic Covers for Paperback Books

Reinforcing Paperback Books With Commercial Clear Plastic Covers Many library supply companies sell self-adhesive clear plastic cover protectors to protect and reinforce paperback books. These plastic cover protectors may be a good solution for maintaining a paperback collection. Remember that these covers are basically large pieces of plastic tape and should not be used on materials that cannot be replaced. The book cover cannot be bound into the volume at a bindery once a plastic protector has been applied. Look for cover protectors that…

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Reinforcing Paperback Books

How to Reinforce Paperback Books With Board and Japanese Tissue Open the book cover to its natural fold line and crease with a folder. Photocopy any information on the inside of the front or back covers. Trim the photocopies and tip (click here for instructions) onto the text block. Reinforce the cover hinge fold with a 1” strip of Japanese tissue. l/4” of the tissue should extend onto the text with 3/4” on the cover. Dry with the covers open under weight. Cut two pieces…

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General Paperback Book Repairs

Many of us have an abundance of paperback books. Unfortunately, many paperback books are not well constructed so they are often in need of repair. It can be a poor use of your time, as well as extremely frustrating, to attempt to repair a paperback book that was not constructed to be repaired. Paperback books that are constructed in single pages glued   together can pose quite a problem for repair. Unlike the techniques used by library binders (double-fan binding with flexible glue), mass…

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