23 January, 2005

Long-stitch binding tutorial - part 2

In the first part of the tutorial I showed how to prepare pages, measure the cover for the notebook, and how to pierce signatures and the cover.
It's now time to stitch signatures and the cover together.

1.Begin with the first signature.  Pass the thread through the first hole in the signature (from inside) and through the first slit in the cover leaving a tail inside the signature.  You will use it to tighten and secure your stitches.
Wrap the thread around the end of the block and the cover, near the hinge-fold.  Bring the thread in and tie two knots.
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2. Pass the thread into the second signature hole and through the cover.
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3. And then from outside into the cover and the third hole and from inside out through the fourth hole and the cover.
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4. Wrap the thread around the end of the booklet and cover.
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5. Pass the thread through the fourth hole of the booklet but not through the cover.
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6. Pass the thread through the fourth hole of the second signature.
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7. Wrap the thread around the end of the block and insert it through the slit in the cover and back into the last hole.
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8. Pass the thread from inside into the third hole and slit and then from outside into the second slit and the hole.
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9. Pass the thread from inside out through the first hole and the cover slitWrap the thread around the end of the booklet.
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10. Insert the needle into the first hole of the signatureDo not go through the cover.
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11. Bring the third signature and pass the thread from outside into the first hole.  Wrap the thread around the end of the booklet and pass it through the slit in the cover and back into the first hole of the third (last) signature.
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12.  Similarly to the first and second signature, pass the thread in and out: into the second hole and slit from inside ..
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13. From outside into the third slit and the third hole ...
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14.  Into the forth hole and the slit, around the end of the block and once the thread is inside, tighten all the stitches, tie the thread and your are done!
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15.  This is how the notebook looks inside.
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Although the description of the process seems long, this type of binding is much easier than the coptic stitch.  I also like that the notebooks made this way lay flat when open. Decorative stitching adds a cute touch to these notebooks.


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