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Re: Stabbound Journals

Julie asked about grain in stab-bound journals, and Sam replied, in part:

<< Grain is particularly important in side-stitched bindings in order to
 facilitate opening. The standard pre-cut 8.5 x 11 has the grain running
 with the 11" dimension which is the wrong way for the format you describe.
 If you are cutting from  full sheets you can cut the grain the 8.5" way.  >>

Standard pre-cut 8.5 x 11 usually does have the grain running with the 11"
dimension (this is called long-grain), but not always.  Sometimes you can get
pre-packaged short-grain paper.  You can usually tell what you're getting by
the label:  if the "11" is underlined, it's long-grain; if the "8.5" is
underlined, it's short-grain.  (This is not always true of reams of copy
paper, but is usually true of good-quality paper.)

When I worked in a print shop (a number of years ago), you could get the
paper company to provide you with a batch of short-grained paper.  They have
it at the warehouse in the huge full sheets that are unstoreable anywhere
else, and they cut it there before delivering it to the print shops.


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