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Re: [BKARTS] Need help with tips on making tighter signatures. . .



As you sew, every few sections, you should be pressing them down
with a pressing stick, or something like that.  In the old days they
would strike the sections with a weighted stick, but you can use a
piece of hard wood about 12" to 18" depending on the width of the
sections.  Hold the board down with the left hand near the foredge
to keep the sections from moving, and exert pressure down at the
spine.  Move along the spine, between the sewing supports.

Also make sure as you're sewing that you are constantly checking
that each row of sewing is tight from kettle stitch to kettle
stitch.

Bruce
----- Original Message -----
From: Teresa Stroud <tstroud@xxxxxxxxx>
Date:         Wed, 17 Sep 2003 13:58:14 -0500
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:      [BKARTS] Need help with tips on making tighter signatures. . .

> I am hand-sewing signatures and they are often too loose. . .do you have any
> suggestions for making the signature as tight as possible? different
> stitches? what kind of cording, thread? Thank you for any help you can
> provide?

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