Reinforcing Signature Folds

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Hello! This is my first time on this forum; it’s a hidden gem, and I will probably frequent it with questions more often than is proprietous. But anyhow. I’m trying to reinforce the outer folds on an old book before resewing, and found out that Japanese tissue is usually the stuff for the job. I ordered some from Talas, but, having possibly never even seen Japanese tissue and having absolutely no concept of the different weights, I ended up with a roll of 2g. spiderweb. It’s fantastic stuff, and I’m sure it will be useful for something, but it’s a bit too insubstantial for the task on hand. What weight would you recommend for such a project? Thank you.

Pax,

 

~Lydia Smith~

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Asked on April 16, 2021 2:50 pm
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Hi Lydia, I see you ordered some Sekishu. This might be the right thickness. I go between using the Sekishu and using the hinging tissue which is lighter and is already in perforated strips.

You are talking about reinforcing the backs of signatures for resewing. Sometimes, they don't need much at all. It depends on how cleanly the old glue releases. I have even re-sewn a book with no reinforcing at all.

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Answered on April 18, 2021 7:03 pm
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    Thank you, Sophia! The main trouble is that some of the signatures have started to tear along the folds; it's a book from 1882.

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