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Stitching the Text Block Together
Place the signature from the top of the pile in front Thread an arm’s length of waxed linen thread onto Move left to right and push the needle out the first Push your needle through the 2nd hole. With your Repeat until you come out the kettle station on the Close the signature and use a bone folder to crease
of you, with the folded edge aligned with your side a needle and push it through the left kettle station, hole of the 1st tape station. needle inside the signature, proceed to the left and left side. Make a square knot with the 2” tail from the spine edge.
of the table. Keep it steady with a weight. from the outside in. Leave a 2” tail. Note: If the go out the first hole of the next tape station. Again, the beginning and trim the excess thread (from the
needle sticks, grab a pair of pliers to pull it through. loop down through the stitch below to create a her- tail, not the thread on your needle).
ringbone stitch and go in the second hole of the tape
station.
Go back in the second hole of the 1st tape station. As you stitch, pull the thread taut so the signatures Push your needle out through the first hole of the
Place the third signature on top, open to the middle Go into the kettle station directly above the kettle Continue making a herringbone stitch at each tape
Your needle is now back inside the signature. don’t slide, but leave it loose enough so the signa- 2nd tape station, then back in through the second
and place a weight on top. As with the previous two station you just came out of, then come out the first station by passing the needle behind the topmost
tures aren’t bending. Tighten the thread by pulling hole of the 2nd tape station. Repeat with the 3rd
signatures, you’ll be alternating working left to right, hole of the 1st tape station. thread before passing it back inside the signature.
it parallel to the spine – this will prevent the holes tape station and final kettle station – you’ll end with
right to left with the remaining signatures. Always go behind the thread that is closest to the
from ripping. your needle out.
direction you are sewing.
Close the signature and use a bone folder to crease Place the next signature on top, open it to the middle Working right to left, push the needle out through
At the end of the third signature, with your needle Pull the thread through slowly until it forms a loop. With your kettle stitch complete, close the
the spine edge. and place a weight inside. Push your needle into the the next hole (first hole of the 1st tape station). Be-
and thread out of the last hole, you will make a Bring the needle up through the loop and pull up signature and use a bone folder to crease against the
kettle station directly above the kettle station you fore pushing it back in through the second hole,
kettle stitch. With your needle pointing away from to tighten. spine edge.
just came out of (right side). You are now inside the thread the needle down through the loop below, so
the text block, pass it behind the thread that links
second signature. it passes between the spine and the thread of the first
the 1st and 2nd signatures.
signature. This is called a herringbone stitch, which
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essentially links the signatures together.
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