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Re: [BKARTS] stab binding tips


A stab binding is going to depend only on the flexibility of the paper
for its opening. For this reason, I doubt you will be able to get your
sketchbook to function as you desire using the paper you propose.
You'll either need to hinge each page with a more flexible material to
allow the pages to turn better, score and fold the pages in such a way
that they can turn past each other, or select a different binding
structure that will accomplish your goals more directly.

Signatures in a stab-bound book are irrelevant. Since the book block is
sewn through the side, it can be made of cut sheets with the same
results as folded signatures.

Don Drake
Dreaming Mind

IM: stitchbyhand
(510) 537-9711

On Apr 14, 2004, at 10:52 AM, Jessica Barrett Koenigsberg wrote:

Would someone mind giving me some tips on proper stab binding
I have trouble getting my stab bound books to open easily.  Perhabs I
am sewing the pages too tight?
I'd like to make a stab-bound sketch book--about 12x12 to take on
vacation using good sketch/watercolor paper and I'd like it to open
and lay flat.  Also, I'm curious how the signatures function in a
stab-bound book--I don't know, maybe that's a silly question.
Jessie K.

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