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Topic: Help with making a softcover blank booklet.  (Read 473 times)
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« on: January 09, 2012 04:58:54 PM »

Hello!

I have been stupidly struggling to make my own moleskine-like book for the last couple months. I use a single signature (14 pages of regular copy-weight) with a paper covered cardstock cover and either sew it from top to bottom or phamplet stich it. Then I glue a strip of paper backed book cloth to the spine and press. What always happens is that the book will NOT lie closed 100% flat. Because the structure is so simple I cannot figure out why this is happening.
I fold with the grain of the paper, I crease tightly, I try to make sure that my thread is thin enough, then I bang my head against the wall in irritation.

Help!
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2012 07:17:54 PM »

Have you tried to weigh it down for a couple of weeks? My first inclination is to use a book press, but that isn't a practical piece of equipment for most DIYers.
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