repairing signatures

Damaged Book Hinges

Re-Attaching Detached Signatures – Method 2

Repairing Fully or Partially Detached Signatures Method 2: If the spine of the text block is accessible, such as when the text block is being recased, the repaired signature can be sewn back into the text block.   Punch sewing holes in the detached signature, as well as one signature before it in the text block and one signature after it. Use link stitch (separate post) to sew through the center of these three signatures and through the spine lining papers. If the resewn signature…

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Damaged Book Hinges

Re-attaching Detached Signatures – Method 1

REATTACHING PARTIALLY OR FULLY DETACHED SIGNATURES Method 1: Find the center of the signature and cut the sewing threads to release the pages. If any of the leaves have separated, hinge them together with Japanese tissue to restore the complete signature. Make sure the pages are in the correct order. Tear a piece of Japanese repair tissue the height of the signature and about 3/4 – 1” wide. Fold the Japanese repair tissue strip around the outside of the signature (there is no paste involved here).…

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loose pages

Repairing the Center Folio of a Signature

The damaged fold of a center folio should be repaired on the inside. All the other folios are repaired on the outside. Using the techniques in earlier posts tear a piece of Japanese tissue and apply paste to the Japanese tissue. The width of the Japanese tissue will vary depending on how much of the signature page is damaged. Lay the center folio of the signature on a piece of non-stick material with center facing up. Lay the pasted repair tissue down the center of…

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loose pages

Repairing Signatures

All paper tears should be mended before re-attaching a signature to the text block. Various techniques for repairing damaged paper are discussed in earlier posts within the Book Repair Basics category. Examine the sewing holes on the fold of each folio. If the sewing holes are enlarged or the paper between the holes is damaged, the fold should be repaired before the folio is re-attached to the text block. If the damage is limited to one or two sewing holes or to only part…

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