"Glued" versus sewn bindings.

One important factor in rebinding is knowing if you have a sewn binding.  The popular term is "glued" versus sewn binding.  However, most, if not all, modern Bible bindings are glued.  Even if it is a sewn binding, it is still glued too.  That is why I use "glue-only" for those that are not sewn.


A sewn binding is made when paper is folded over to form the pages.  These sets of pages are called "signatures" (see above photo, upper and lower left)  The signatures are sewn through the folds (see above photo, right), then to each other to form the book block.  A mull cloth is then glued to the spine (shown in the above photo, lower left).

The danger of the glue-only binding is that that the glue will crack parallel to the spine.  This allows the pages to separate.  See photo below for examples.  The Bible shown will soon be a pile of separate pages.  The edges will get damaged, pages can get lost and the Bible will become unusable.

If you have a Bible that is a glue-only binding, all is not lost.  During the rebinding process I can insert cords into the spine.  Small cuts are made into the spine, then cords are glued in.  This is the next best thing to having a sewn binding.  Cord insertion greatly increases the functional life of your Bible.

When you have your Bible rebound the parts you can't see in the finished product are just as important as what you can see.  Make sure your rebinder is fixing the problems and not just covering them up!

Please contact me if you have questions.  I am happy to help and would love to work with you to restore your Bible!