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Head, Circulating Collections Conservation,
Indiana University Libraries
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Former Head, Preservation Department,
Indiana University Libraries


Our primary use is for binding pamphlets and for stitching in new end sheets when a book is re-cased or put into a new case. 18-gauge is a good all-purpose thread, but finer-gauge thread is often useful when minimizing bulk is a concern, as when re-sewing the text blocks of books. Also, waxed thread is used for phase box closures.



Linen thread
Waxed thread

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