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Re: Two-needle Coptic Sewing

Since you've already substituted paper for the original vellum, perhaps you
could sew (not paste) a strip of stronger material (vellum, tyvek, Japanese
paper) in the fold of the last signature.  This would be easier to do were
you to insert a full-sized folded sheet into the signature, punch holes and
sew. Then, after the book has been finished, cut the inserted leaves as
close to the spine as possible, leving narrow stubs. Good luck.

At 11:04 AM 2/17/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Betty wrote:
>>Is it too late to lay out that last signature to make it an 8-page one so
>>that all will be equal thickness? You'll have some blank pages at the back,
>>but that shouldn't be a problem.
>Well, normally I would say that that would be ideal.  Unfortunately, I'm
>working on making a model book based on an actual book from the 8th-9th
>centuries, which has a 4-pg gathering at the end, and I'm trying to keep to
>that as much as possible.  The original used vellum, where I'm using paper,
>which may be a factor.
>BTW, there's additional stress in this gathering because the text block is
>sewn directly to the boards.
>lyle @ quodata . com                            inceptum perage
Betty Storz   storz@mcn.org

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