Thread sewn binding is one of the oldest forms of bookbinding, and remains the most durable and longest-lasting method. Pages are bound together with pieces of thread and adhered to the book's spine. Choosing the right bookbinding method is a critical decision when printing, as it affects the margins and page size, while also saying a lot about the book's use, quality, and content.
WHAT IS THREAD SEWN BINDING?
Thread Sewn bookbinding is the most durable method of binding books and is commonly used for textbooks, journals, encyclopaedias, children's books, library books, and private documents and logs. There are many ways to bind a book together, and each has its own benefits and uses, depending on the print job. Some of the oldest books in the world have sewn binding.
THE THREAD SEWN BINDING PROCESS
When thread sewing a book, organize pages into groups of 16 to 24, called signatures, and fold them together. Stitch the pages together individually along the folds. Threads go through each page several times before being tied off. Once a group is finished, it's sewn together with another group with a thread called the book block. An adhesive is used along the edges to seal the spine tightly. The cover of the book is then attached to the spine, to protect the pages. Sewn binding is most often used for case bound books but is also used for softcover books.
THE ADVANTAGES OF THREAD SEWING
Sewn bound books lay flat on a table when opened, which makes them ideal for books with images that span across two pages.
Extremely durable and high quality, the binding will stay together as long as the pages last.
It is designed to withstand wear and tear, making it an excellent choice for books that will be well-used over periods of time, such as textbooks.
Books that use sewn binding are tamperproof, as someone cannot remove a single page without damaging the entire book, making it popular for sensitive documents.
Pages cannot fall out as they are sewn together in signatures.