Smyth-sewn Binding

What does Smyth-sewn mean as it relates to hardbound sketchbooks?

Smyth sewing is a method of book binding where groups of folded pages (referred to as signatures) are stitched together using binder thread. Each folded signature is sewn together individually with multiple stiches and then joined with other signatures to create the complete book block. If you page through a Smyth-sewn book, you can see the thread stitches in the center fold of each signature.

Smyth-sewn binding is associated with durability and quality, and is able to stand up to years of wear and tear. This binding method is ideal for sketchbooks and journals since the pages lay flat.

Smyth-sewn Binding

Strathmore’s Hardbound Sketchbooks and new Hardbound Art Journals feature Smyth-sewn binding. For more information on our Hardbound Art Journals:

Hardbound Art Journals

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