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PROGRESSIVE-STITCH SET BINDING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027030D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 109K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A method for binding books by gathering a set, sub-set, or squire of sheets and driving a fastening medium through the sheets, at the spine or binding edge, perpendicular the set. If desired, this can be repeated by penetrating and accumulating plural sub-sets. Then the book is compiled by securing the ends of the fastening medium mechanically or with an adhesive. If desired, a cover may also be wrapped around the spine of the book and fastened with an adhesive.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

PROGRESSIVE-STITCH SET BINDING
Daniel H. Burnett

Proposed Classification
U.S. C1.355/324 Int. C1. G03g 21/00

A method for binding books by gathering a set, sub-set, or squire of sheets and driving a fastening medium through the sheets, at the spine or binding edge, perpendicular the set. If desired, this can be repeated by penetrating and accumulating plural sub-sets. Then the book is compiled by securing the ends of the fastening medium mechanically or with an adhesive. If desired, a cover may also be wrapped around the spine of the book and fastened with an adhesive.

This differs from saddle stitching in which the sheets are stitched or stapled through the middle of the set. Here the set would be bound closely adjacent to one edge in several places along that edge, as is common for automatic stapling systems for copier or printer output.

More specifically, here a plural needle system would plunge through a stack of cut sheets near one edge, carrying in the eye of the needle, or in a hollow plunge needle, a fastening element such as plastic fish line, or the kind of fastener used in the clothing industry to fasten sales tags to clothing. As the needle plunges through the stack, a gripper at the bottom of the stack could be used to grip and hold the thread or other fastener. Or, a thermal bead can be provided by melting that end. The threads may be tightened so as to tension the set with these thread members.

If desired, several of these thread or other penetrating element fastened sets could be bound together in a book, or they may be individually bound with covers or the like with these "plastic staples" holding the sheets and the cover together securely. Progressive stitching may be utilized whereby partial subsets of sheets (smaller numbers of sheets) are forced over...