Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Singer sewing

A method of side- or fold sewing pamphlets, periodicals issues, textbooks, etc., with thread. Despite the fact that the term implies the use of a particular machine, it has come to be more-or-less a generic term for sewing of publications which ordinarily would be stitched. Pamphlets are generally Singer sewn through the fold, while multi-section journals and books. especially textbooks, are sewn through the side. The machine used for this sewing utilizes a single needle and can side sew books up to 1 1/2 inches in thickness with stitches up to one inch in length. A high-speed drill is located in front of the needle and they are raised and lowered simultaneously. The drill produces a hole in the sheets and is then withdrawn. The book is then moved forward for the length of the stitch desired and the threaded needle enters the hole while the next hole is being drilled for the succeeding stitch. See also: SIDE STITCHING . (179 , 234 )

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