Sew, now what?


 Referring to You Tube video: Reattached loose pages (a whole signature) of a bible posted 3-9-16
     This video opens up a whole arena of opportunity for learning. First, what was used for needle and “thread?” Some basic understanding of stitching, needles, awls, thread, etc. would be interesting to pursue. I have a number of books, some old, some new, that address book repair/bookbinding but actual sewing is really hard to find documented. Any suggestions how I might proceed to learn some basics in this area?

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Asked on May 4, 2020 7:07 pm
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Hi Gaylen,

I have been avoiding bookbinding instruction becasue so emany ohters have it covered but it is important in repair too so here is some general info and some links to more information. I feel inspired to create a course on sewing so stay tuned for more. 

If you are not going to invest in expensive linen bookbinding thread, you can substitute common household polyester thread which is stronger than the common cotton thread. Button thread might be too thick. If you can break the thread just by tugging it between you two hands it is too thin. 

Needles just need to have a big eye but be thin. There are special bookbinders needles but you can use some kinds of embroidery needles that arent' too thick.

You can buy what you need from Colophon Book Arts Supply

For tutorials about bookbinding try iBookbinding. I don't see any really traditional sewing tutorials there so maybe I need to make one of those too!

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    Thank you for your response. Colophon Books Arts used to be owned by a lady about 3 miles from where I live. The new owner in the midwest has expanded nicely. I just received an order from her that included linen thread and some various her suggestion. The two websites noted are also on my research list so I am apparently headed in the right direction. Thanks for the validation.

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