1. Donna Clayton December 14, 2016 @ 2:43 pm Reply

    I have a book that is sewn, but is coming apart. What is the best way to repair it as the sewing has come apart. Would it be best to glue each page back in. This is a picture book and is read a lot.

  2. John Ison John Ison December 19, 2016 @ 7:38 am Reply

    Hi Donna,

    Angie asked me to respond to your question based on my Book Doctor blog posts. Your question is a bit difficult to answer without seeing the book, but based on the information in your question, I think that you are on the right track if you use a liquid adhesive to reattach each loose page. I suggest that you refer to the “Reattaching Loose Contents” blog post, which will provide more detail on how to do that.

    It is likely that the pages were first gathered and sewn into signatures (please refer to the “Bookbinding 101” blog post for more information on signatures). If so, first use the adhesive to rebuild each signature and then reattach all of the signatures into the cover.

    I hope this helps. If you have further questions please feel free to leave another question here.


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