Sunday, March 02, 2008

Using split tapes

I tried another blanket stitch today. This time it is done using split tapes as supports. This is actually an entirely different stitch than the blanket stitch that i tried a few days ago. On this one, the beading is formed after the sewing is complete whereas the other blanket stitch creates the little beading as it is sewn.


I like the idea of this particular binding and it seems more structurally sound than the unsupported blanket stitch; although, I found it incredibly frustrating when my sections wouldn't stay aligned! I went to great lengths to ensure that I had the sewing stations all punched correctly and wonderfully aligned, but the sewing process caused the sections to go askew anyway. Hurmph. I'm sure subsequent attempts would prove to be more aesthetically satisfying than this one. I was especially unsatisfied with the board attachments on this, but...enh...the next one will be better.

8 comments:

eb said...

staying aligned. When you talk about the signatures staying aligned are you talking about everything shifting out of alignment one time after it is stitched? Or is the structure so loose that the signatures continue shifting with use?

Rhonda said...

the former, i think. they shifted as i was sewing it. when sewing towards the head, that signature would slide up a tiny bit, then when i went in the opposite direction with the next stitch, the next section would slide a tiny bit in that direction. blech. i was not using a sewing frame...perhaps i shoud have been. or stiffer leather...?

eb said...

I haven't used a sewing frame. It might help keep an even tension that keeps things straight. Here is where I use sanding/planing the edges. Once you put a good smooth edge on the block, it will show whether there is anymore movement of the signatures. It takes more work. Might be worth trying it once to see if a particular stitch keeps everything straight.

Rhonda said...

oh i see - good idea. i have never sanded the edges of a book block - i saw your post about sanding. do you use a really fine grain sandpaper?

eb said...

100 grit or medium is a good general purpose starting point.

Rhonda said...

alright, i've got 100 here already so perhaps i'll make myself a sanding block...

Roann Mathias said...

Just found your blog and everything is beautiful! Nice work...

Rhonda said...

thanks roann :)
glad you found your way here!