MA Induction Book 3

The single-section or pamphlet is a simple structure that opens and closes in a familiar way: pages rotate around a central fold or spine.

To make this simple structure, pages are folded and gathered into a “section”, then stitched through the spine fold. The pages open flat and you can see the whole page.

For this project we are going to make a 16-page section. This is a standard size of section in book production.

For this project, you will need:

Pricking cradle, hole-making tool, needle and thread, bone folder, four sheets of A5 paper and a sheet of thin A5 card.

These should all be in your workspace.

Video : single-section sewing

So, now that the pages have been sewn together, the next task is to cut the edges to tidy them up. We cut the pages whilst the book is closed and we should aim to cut off about 3-5mm on the edges. (So when you are setting up your files for printing you should include a 3-5mm bleed on the outer edges.)

For now, you are just going to cut the fore edge (edge opposite the spine), and you are going to use a piece of equipment in the workshop called a ream cutter.

March 2021 update:

We have installed a new cutter in the workshop and it is slightly different to the one shown below. The principle remains the same however so still best to watch the video.

The difference is that the clamp is moved using the black wheel on top of the equipment and the measuring guide is at the front on the left hand side.

The ream cutter is near the technician who can help you if you need it – just ask. This equipment will cut the edges of thin books. Thick books should be cut by the technician on the larger guillotine.

Please watch this training video and then have a go yourself. The technician will be close by to help you if you need it.

Please use hand sanitiser before using this equipment.

video: ream cutter

You will need to sign your induction record to say that you have been inducted on this equipment.

FYI, this is the power guillotine in the workshop. You can ask the technician to cut things for you but unfortunately you are not allowed to use it yourself.

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