Friday, March 2, 2012
This treatment should be used with single section sewn or stapled pamphlet book structures. The materials needed for this treatment are:
- Spine wrap pamphlet binder
- pamphlet to be bound
- 3-5 binders’ awls
- binders’ needle
- linen thread
- bone folder
Preparing the pamphlet for binding
1. Using either a staple remover or microspatula, remove the staples from the pamphlet.
2. Insert the pamphlet into the pamphlet binder, ensuring that it is centered properly between the head (top) and tail (bottom) and that the front cover of the pamphlet is showing through the transparent front cover of the binder.
3. Fold the binder’s adhesive spine cloth so that it is out of the way.For small pamphlets, three sewing stations will be adequate. Forlarger pamphlets, additional sewing stations may be necessary. As a rule, there should be no more than 2 inches between each sewing station. For this pamphlet, 5 sewing stations are needed.
4. Working from inside of the pamphlet and using the binders’ awl, pierce a hole, or sewing station, through the spine, roughly halfway between the head and tail. Leave the awl in the sewing station to keep the pages aligned. When piercing the pamphlet, it is best to work on the edge of your table or workstation.
5. Pierce sewing stations roughly ½ inch from both the head and tail of the pamphlet. For small pamphlets, three sewing stations will be adequate. For larger pamphlets, additional sewing stations may be necessary. As a rule, there should be no more than 2 inches between each sewing station. For this pamphlet, 5 sewing stations are needed.
Sewing the pamphlet
1. In order to sew the pamphlet, you will need roughly 2½ spine lengths of linen thread.
2. Cut the required length of linen thread and thread the needle. It may be helpful to use the bone folder to flatten the end of the thread.
3. Beginning outside the pamphlet at the center sewing station (#3). Thread your needle into the sewing station leaving a 2-inch length of thread outside of the spine. This will be used to tie off the stitch in the final steps.
4. Working toward the head of the pamphlet, sew through the next station (#2) moving from the inside out.
5. Next, sew through the head station (#1) moving from the outside in. Holding the beginning end of the thread in place, pull the stitching tight.
6. Working back toward the center now, sew through station #2, this time sewing in the opposite direction as before, from the outside in.
7. Next, move past the center station toward the tail of the pamphlet and sew into station #4.
8. Sew through station #5 and back through station #4. Keep the stitching pulled tight as you work.
9. Next, sew through the center sewing station (#3). As you push the needle through, make sure that the beginning and ending thread lengths are on opposite sides of the thread that runs from stations #2 to #4. Using the beginning thread length and the ending thread length, tie a square knot.
10. Trim the beginning and ending thread lengths to roughly ½ inch.
11. Remove the wax paper strip from the binder’s adhesive spine cover and adhere the flap around the spine. Seal securely with the bone folder.
Submitted by Brad M Ferrier