Re-sew a book

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I have a book from 1919 that needs to be completely re-sewn.  I have already taken it apart and prepped and repaired the pages but I’m at a loss for how to do the actual sewing. From what I’ve gathered, waxed linen thread is the best and I can use a darning needle.  I just have no idea what type of stitch to use.

 

I saw a previous question and answer that mentioned ibookbinding as a resource, but all of the tutorials I saw there were for more artistic styles that won’t be covered by a spine.  I saw a tutorial on a simple kettle stitch elsewhere that looked similar to the sewing I removed but I’m not sure that’s the right stitch.

 

Does anybody know of any places I could look for information about this part of book repair or just simply know what type of stitch I should be using?

 

Thank you

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Asked on June 19, 2020 11:47 am
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Hi Ali,

This question has come up before. If you search sewing it should pop up. The waxed linen thread you buy at craft stores will be too thick for this 19th century book. You will need a french link-stitch sewing or if the book was sewn on cords that will be much easier.  Can you share a photo?

 

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    Here is a picture of the spine of the text block when I first found it. I don't have any others that show the spine so well.  It was in really rough shape and was missing a lot of the thread.  Unfortunately I didn't think to take a picture of it after I took the remainder of the spine covers off.  I don't believe it was sewn on cords.  I'll check again for other questions that are similar to mine.

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        Ir you are determined to re-sew you can but I might take that and just line it up, line it with mull and then any loose signatures get sewn through the mull. You don't even have to tie knots, just glue the threads down.

        You can use a button thread or any thread strong enough that when you tug on it, it doesn't break too easily. Waxing it is just to keep the tangles down. You can run the thread through a beeswax candle!

        Make any sense?

         

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          It does!  Thank you. I think I am going to Re-sew it because I think it'll be stronger that way and this picture doesn't show the extent of the damage to the pages, but this has gotten me on the right track I believe.  Thank you!

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