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« on: January 26, 2010 06:01:28 PM »

I'm relatively new to bookbinding. I've made a couple journals-- the kind where you fold the paper in half and sew the pages into signatures. Right now I'm thinking of a project where I'd like the book to be bigger. Is it possible to bind a book without folding the pages, so that they're full-sized? I've done a casual search for this, but didn't find anything.
Does anyone know of a good tutorial or example of this?
thanks Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010 02:45:22 AM »

I haven't really done any work with binding unfolded sheets of paper but Japanese stab binding seems to be down your alley!
You can find a few tutorials and some more information and examples here: http://www.bookbindingteam.com/2009/01/japanese-stab-binding-tutorials.html
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2010 05:07:54 PM »

That looks absolutely perfect!! Thank you so much Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2010 01:17:58 AM »

You're very welcome! Grin
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2010 11:09:45 AM »

You can also try fan-glued binding (a.k.a. perfect binding).  It does involve glue and can get messy, but it is sturdy and allows the book to lie flat.

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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2010 11:00:08 AM »

I found this tutorial on oversewing single pages into a book  -


« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2010 07:22:29 AM »

Stab binding is fairly easy and definitely works well with single pages.  One thing to know, however, is that the cover will not open flat.  I didn't realize this when I first did a stab-binding and wasn't planning for it, so the book didn't turn out precisely how I would have liked.  Good luck!

« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2010 02:44:47 AM »

thankyou! I was looking for this too ^^
I was wondering if there is a way to only sew the single pages (so without glue) and the book will lay flat?
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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2010 09:33:32 AM »

I haven't tried it, but I think if you do the oversewing with enough slack, you'll be able to open the book flat. But you might have the risk of the holes ripping to the edge if they're too close. There's a book about binding single pages by Keith A Smith, but I haven't read it yet.
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