1. Michael October 14, 2017 @ 1:52 pm Reply

    Hello Mr. Ison,

    I am looking to do this type of repair on a roughly 10 year old leather Bible that has sentimental value rather than monetary. The cover has completely torn off like in your example, but the cover is soft leather instead of a hardcover. Would the same method of repair be used? Thank you for your time and for such a helpful post.

  2. John Ison John Ison October 22, 2017 @ 6:52 pm Reply


    It is common for the soft leather covers on Bibles to be attached directly to the contents. I’m assuming that is what you are dealing with but if I’m not correct please feel free to send me a follow-up message.

    If that is the case you should be able to use a quality adhesive such as Demco Neutralbond to make the repair. Just brush the adhesive on the spine of the contents block and reattach the cover. Support the book on both sides so it can stand on its spine overnight while the adhesive drys.

    Copy this link to your browser to go directly to information about Neutralbond: http://www.demco.com/products/Archival/Conservation-Supplies/Archival-Adhesive/Demco-reg-NeutralBond-Modified-Vinyl-Adhesive/_/A-B00172856&s=Demco%20Neutral%20Bond%20adhesive?_ga=2.199013868.219809549.1507980964-178546257.1505310989


  3. Brian March 3, 2018 @ 10:56 am Reply

    What is the best solution if there isn’t a double-stitched binder tape in the same size as my text block? Should I use two pieces of single-stitched binder tape?

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