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How to Bind a Book in 10 Steps

Book binding is an art – an ancient art that has evolved over the centuries. There are different steps that must be completed in order to bind a book. Different methods and procedures are related to the binding of book and for binding a book properly any one of those methods and procedures must have to be followed.

The primary step related to binding a book is setting up the template. Setting up the template first indicates the inception of the process of binding a book. The first step of setting up the book’s page template by creating a new document under the Design section is a crucial one. Though the page size, columns and margins will depend on your own preferences, you must remember to add an extra 10mm to accommodate the stitching and 3mm bleed. The 3mm bleed would come to work if you intend to print to the edge of the page. It must also be ensured that the Facing Pages box is properly ticked and you are able to view the design as a spread.

The second step in book binding is to print the pages properly. If you are ready to print, export document in the PDF format and you have to tick Crop Marks under Marks and Bleeds, and for this you have use document bleed settings. As the pages need to be printed on both the sides, you have to ensure whether it is going to be manually printed with all odd pages or not. Moreover, though you can cut through multiple pages at a time the process would rely on the number of pages and the paper stock that you would be using.

The third step is to prepare for the stitching. In this step you have to you have to draw a line from the top to the bottom of the page and the measurement usually should be 5mm in from the spine, and this would be the spot in which the pages would be stitched. A line must be drawn and dotted for about 10mm from the top and one 10mm from the bottom, and after this step, you have to put evenly spaced dots in between those spots.

In the fourth step, three holes spaced roughly 5cm apart should be made and this would be adjusted to the height of the page. The top of the pages should be tapped against a flat surface to ensure that they are flush, and laying them flat the dots should be pierced using a bookbinding awl.

The fifth step would be to conduct the actual stitching. A linen thread and a bookbinding needle should be needed to start stitching. You should thread your needle, piercing the thread by 1cm from the end and pulling it tight instead of tying a simple knot.

The sixth step would be to glue the spine. He book must be placed between two clean boards so that the pages could be pressed and made flat. With a fine layer of PVA glue the spine must be pasted and it should be left for about 20 minutes to dry.

In the seventh step, the spine has to be lined. The spine must be lined once the pages are cropped, measured and cut into a piece. The spine should be at the same length as the pages and the stitches on both sides must be covered with a few mm to spare.

In the eighth step, the endpapers should be attached. To the main body of the book, the two endpapers must be attached and this would be covered and wrapped around. They should be twice the width of the book and same as the book’s height.

The cover of the book must be created in the ninth step, and in the final step, it should be attached to the book. Remember, bookbinding is a true art, and it takes a lot of practice and patience to achieve good results. Check out our home page for more great tips.