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05 March 2010 @ 07:32 pm
Binding Single Sheets Of Paper  
Hey everyone!

I don't recall if I have asked this question before, but does anyone know how to bind pieces of paper that are not folded in half? I have looked across the internet and have not come up with much, aside for stuff like thin little pamphlets, and all others assume that you have folded the pages in half.

However, I have rather thick paper and don't want to fold them.

Advice and/or links with pictures would be very, very appreciated, since I am retarded when it comes to threads and needles (unlike my mom and all my aunts, who do something with thread and have blue ribbons to show off).

Much thanks in advance!
galalefey on March 6th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
Japanese stab binding. A quick google search will turn up more info. All you really need (in addiion to the pages to bind and possible a cover) is 1) thread, 2) a clamp to keep the pages in place while you ram through 3) the awl to make the holes you sew, and possibly 4) a mallet of some sort to help you ram the awl through. I also suggest a bone folder to crease the pages at the binding so it'll open more easily, being thick paper and all. Hopefully you've allotted yourself some extra space on the binding side of the pages so that the page body won't disappear into the seam; you my be able to glue it onto another thin strip with some archival glue, but it'll look sloppier and might fall apart.
Anyway, that's my two cents.
lupin ☂ketsudan on March 6th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
Wow! Such a quick reply, thanks!

Next time I want to do a stab-binding, I'll keep in mind of that advice. But like I said below, I was hoping there would be something like coptic binding (I should have mentioned this).

Thanks again!
Liz Conleycoccinellidae on March 6th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
I would either make a stab-binding or tip them in. I'd suggest the stab binding. Stab bound books do open better when made with more flexible paper and are thiner, though they don't have to be. Not knowing exactly how thick you want to make your book this seems like it's likely to work.

lupin ☂ketsudan on March 6th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip, but I do know about stab-binding. I guess I should have mentioned that. ^^;

I was hoping, somewhere, there would be something akin to coptic binding, since I would love for this book to be able to lay completely flat. Heard of anything like that?
Liz Conleycoccinellidae on March 6th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
I'm not personally familiar with any of those structures, but if you can find a copy of Keith Smith's Volume IV Non-Adhesive Bindings: Sewing single sheets you're certain to find what you want there. (personally I'd probably just tip in though, I get impatient on personal projects.)

(you can scroll down to find the description of the book)
lupin ☂ketsudan on March 6th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Ah, good idea! Thanks so much! I'll be looking for it now. :)
Chérielutine on March 6th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
I recently had a scrapbook where I needed to bind single sheets of scrapbook paper, but I wanted a coptic binding. What I did was cut strips of paper that were the same height as my scrapbook paper (8x8) and about an inch wide. I cut the same amount as I had pages. I folded them each in half so they were 8" x .5" and treated those as "signatures." I sewed them together with a coptic stitch (sewing the cover on as well) and then glued my single pages into the fold of each strip. Does that make sense? It was probably more complicated than it needed to be, but I liked the result.
lupin ☂ketsudan on March 6th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Okay, I can kind of see that, and it just might work for me. I could even use various colored paper or something too.

But question - does the thread go through the single pages, or just the "signatures"?

Something tell me that it kind of looks like this:

o [ -----

The bracket being the "signature", the dashes being the pages, and "o" being the hole in the middle of the signature along the fold, with the glue keeping all those sheets together. Am I right?
Chérielutine on March 6th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
Yup, that's pretty much it. The threads don't have anything to do with the single pages - everything is all sewn together before the single pages are glued in.
lupin ☂ketsudan on March 6th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Oh, okay! I will try this out. It looks like it will work. :)
Rachelspinrabbit on March 6th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
This technique is called "guarding", and the strips are called "guards". Usually people glue the guards to the pages before sewing.
lupin ☂ketsudan on March 6th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
Hum, okay. I'll look more into that then, but from what she said and how it sounds, it looks like it will work for me and actually make the spine a bit stronger, which I am always worried about. I am terrible when it comes to sewing. XD
Chérielutine on March 6th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Oh cool, I didn't know there was a name for it. I sort of made it up as I went along, heh.
lilydg on March 6th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
Here's a tutorial on oversewing single sheets of paper into a text block (haven't tried it yet though) http://www.sfu.ca/~achanne/projects/bookbinding/overcastsewing/
lupin ☂ketsudan on March 6th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link! I'll look into it more to see if it would work for me.
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sporetobemoresporetobemore on March 6th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
If you don't want to fold them in half, could you maybe fold just, say.. An inch or so of one side? Then do basic coptic?
lupin ☂ketsudan on March 6th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Hum, I could do that, but the paper I am using is 140lb watercolor paper, and I don't think that would be ideal for the situation. Thanks for the suggestion, though!
Sara: Bookslostvirtue on March 6th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Generally single pieces of paper are NOT sewn together, they are glue bound. I'm not sure exactly what your reasoning is for wanting to sew them, it's certainly stronger to sew books and frankly I enjoy sewing books... but anyway, I realize this is NOT what you asked, but instructions for glue binding: http://www.diybookbinding.com/do-it-yourself-book-binding/

The video that plays when you load is down towards the bottom.
solipsizedsolipsized on March 7th, 2010 08:47 am (UTC)
seconding this. I think the glue bound ones are called "simple binding." you basically stack them and brush glue on the spine several times until it's dry. It's surprisingly strong, and you can also tear out pages if you want.
lupin ☂ketsudan on March 7th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
True, but it depends upon how well the pages bend and how they lie - I would like for this book to lie down as flat as possible, hence my original wanting to use the coptic stitch. However, someone has given me a link for whip stitching that I think I will be going with,

And to my surprise, my mother is an expert at this kind of stitch, using it all the time in her projects.
lupin ☂ketsudan on March 7th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
I might look into this for tips and tricks; the technique that I found that might work for me requires me to glue the pages. Thanks a bunch!
Vespervesper2000 on March 6th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Rob Shepherd's "Hand-Made Books" shows at least two ways of binding single sheets. One of them is to somply punch holes in the leaves along the spine edge and overcast stitch them in smallish sectons.
lupin ☂ketsudan on March 7th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've seen a technique like that, and I'll be going with that. Thanks for the reccomendation!
(Anonymous) on March 15th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
flat binding
Check out Japanese binding. This technique seems to me that it would work for heavy paper like you have. You would make 2 covers the size of your paper, stack cover-paper-cover and then do the Japanese type binding
(Anonymous) on May 4th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
hi there! i know the thread is super old, but was just wondering how you solved the problem? i have single sheets of heavier paper (300 gsm, almost card) with photos on it that i also need to bind and can't quite figure out how to do bind it and still have the book open relatively flat (doesn't have to go all the way). i have loads of margin left, but there are abput 40 sheets i need to bind together. :x any help as to how you solved your problem would be very much appreciated! thanks!! xx
lupin ☂: ★ i’ve been thinking aboutketsudan on May 5th, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)

I didn't quite figure out how to do it; the best I can say is that you would need to learn how to use Coptic stitching, which means that you will need to fold the papers in half, or use a technique from Keith Smith's Volume IV Non-Adhesive Binding: Smith's Sewing Single Sheets, which you can find and order here or through Amazon.

I hope this helps!
whitakercrew: pic#121234211whitakercrew on June 13th, 2013 02:03 pm (UTC)
I ran across an article today and I thought you might want to check it out. I've been searching for months on how to bind single sheets. I have an old songbook that was taken apart and I want to re-bind it, so folding is not an option for me, neither is gluing, as I want the book to lay open flat. I haven't actually tried this yet, but I am, probably today. I tried to send you the link earlier, but LJ marked my comment as spam, so I'll go a different route.

Google "boundary press single coptic stitch", when it pulls up the list click on the one titled Single Sheet Coptic-Boundary Press

Maybe this is what you're looking for :)
ext_2082425 on July 25th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
What you're looking for is called a Single Sheet Coptic Binding. Whitakecrew's link will give you a good guide on how to do it. Essentially, each page is stitched to the preceding page with whip stitch and twist to create an strong non-adhesive binding without any folded page.

Let us know if you have any luck with your project!