Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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side sewing

A method of securing the leaves of sections of a book with thread near the binding edge, from front to back through the entire thickness of the text block. When a book is said to be side sewn, it is implied that the text block does not consist of individual sections which are first fastened by themselves and then to each other, but that all of the leaves are sewn through at one time. Side sewing is an extremely strong form of sewing; however, it affords very little openability, unless the inner margin is very extensive, the paper is very flexible, e.g.,JAPANESE SEWING , or the book is very large, e.g., an unabridged dictionary. Also called stab sewing. Cf: SIDE STITCHING .

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