Book Repair Basics

There are a number of repairs you can do to help lengthen the life of your favourite books, and like any trade, there are a myriad of terms and tools that you don’t come across every day.

To help you through this maze, I have listed here (with links) all the information on this site that I have categorised as Book Repair Basics. It covers everything from how to decide if you should repair your book, what tools you might need to step by step instructions for simple repair tasks.

Brushes

Adhesives and Repair Tissue

When applying adhesive to Japanese repair tissue, choose a brush that matches the size of the surface. If the area ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Binding Pamphlets

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 ...
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book corners

Book Corner Repairs

The corners of a book take a great deal of stress and can be damaged while the rest of the ...
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Book Repair Glue

Book Repair – Glue or Paste?

There are two main kinds of adhesives used in book repair: paste and glue. Each has special properties and should ...
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Book Repair Glue

Book Repair Adhesives

There are two main kinds of adhesives used in book repair: paste and glue. Each has special properties and should ...
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Book Repair Glue

Book Repair Glue

The most commonly used glue for book repair these days is Polyvinyl Acetate (PVA). Also known as craft glue or ...
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Egg Eye Needle

Book Repair Sewing Needles

Using the right needle will make sewing easy and more successful. Needles should be as small in diameter as possible, ...
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Egg Eye Needle

Book Repair Thread | Linen Thread

Books are traditionally sewn with linen thread which is very strong and can be purchased in several sizes. Choosing the ...
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Planning and Preparation

Where to start?

Is my book worth repairing?

Which repair method should I use?

Planning your repairs

Designing specific book repair work

Complex book repairs

Using bookshelves correctly

How to measure a book

How to test for grain in paper or book cloth

Book repair tools

Book repair sewing needles

Book repair thread | Linen thread

Preparing thread for book repairs

Tying knots

Drying book repair work

How to make a punch hole jig

Punching cradle instructions

 

Techniques and Methods

Cleaning pages of a book

Repairing paper

Simple or complex paper tears

Japanese repair tissue

Heat set tissue

Document repair tape

Clear plastic tape (sticky tape)

Repairs with document tape

Book repair – glue or paste?

Book repair glue

Wheat paste recipes

Repairing cut paper or pages

Adhesives and repair tissue

Repairing holes in book pages

Missing page corners

Replacing missing book corners

Re-attaching loose pages

Hinging in detached pages

Replacing missing pages

Flattening Rolled Paper

How to make clam shell book boxes

How to make a four flap wrapper

Modified four flap wrapper

Plastic book jackets

Binding pamphlets and booklets

Reinforcing spiral bound books

How to remove paperclips

How to remove staples

 

If the specific technique or problem you want is not listed here, please check both the Hardcover and Paperback Book Repair pages for more techniques that are designed for these types of books.

 

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