Level 4 Induction Book 4: Japanese sewing

Book 2 – A Japanese binding or “stab” sewing

For this book, single pages are gathered into a tidy pile and then a series of holes are drilled along one edge. The pages are sewn through the holes or sometimes screwed together using binding posts.

This is a useful structure for binding visual research or when pages are very large. One edge of each sheet will be hidden inside the binding and the pages do not always open flat.

Use the bundle of single sheets with two thin card covers for this project.

  1. Take one of the white sheets and mark up along one edge with a ruler and pencil as follows:
On the short edge, draw a line that is 1cm in from the edge. On this line, mark two points at 1cm from top and bottom edges and then a centre point to make three hole positions.

2. Using the power drill to make the sewing holes: Please read through the instructions below and watch the video before you use the drill. You will be able to ask the technician for help if you need it.


The drill should be plugged in and ready to use. It has been preset to drill holes that are 1cm from the edge of the page. Please tie back hair, scarves etc before you use the drill.

Take your pages back to your work desk and prepare for sewing. Discard the top sheet that you used as a guide and set up your pages as shown here:

Lay the bundle of pages flat and hang over the edge so that the sewing holes are over the edge of the bench. Use a weight to hold everything in place.

Video: 3-hole sewing:

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