Thursday, January 6, 2011

QUESTION : Binding a Skinny Book

I had a bright idea that involves binding (saddle stitch) a small number of pages together. (Probably 4 text sheets and a cardstock cover sheet.)

Has anyone had any luck using a sewing machine, stapler, or any other tool? Suggestions?


  1. sewing machine works great for little books, run the pages through an unthreaded machine for the holes to be made, then use any heavier thread or floss, etc, to stich by hand.

  2. I'm not sure what saddle stitch is, but... I've done coptic (sp?) before and it was pretty easy but might be a little much for just a few pages. My cousin bought my aunt this really awesome handmade book which was bound from back to front with a twig/stick on the cover which the binding string was wrapped around. That would work well for just a few pages I'm sure. With coptic binding we had longer sheets folded in half and punched the holes first with a needle (I believe, it's been a while) in the folds of the folios.

  3. I've only used my machine on paper for two things: to bind two pieces of cardstock together for birthday cards, and for paper garlands. I've been using the standard needle that was installed in my machine when it arrived, and it hasn't been a problem for me, but you may want to use a heavier needle for your project. I'd love to know how it turns out for you if you try. Good luck!

  4. Used to practice sewing using paper. Works fine, but I can't relate as to the durability in a binding situation.

    -The Machine


Thank for the help!