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Bookbinding • View topic - Why waxed thread?
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Why waxed thread?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:57 am
by Swede
Hello!

I'm new to the art of bookbinding and have a small simple question: Why should I use waxed thread? What is the reason for it? After what I understand it's easier to keep the thread tight if it is waxed, but is this the only reason?

/Swede

Re: Why waxed thread?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:41 am
by DanielCoffey
It helps prevent the thread from tangling when you sew the signatures too.

Re: Why waxed thread?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:22 am
by edenworkshops
The wax also prevents adhesive from penetrating the fibres of the sewing thread.

Richard

Re: Why waxed thread?

PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:53 am
by Shea_M
Waxed thread is also handy for sewing endbands which you intend to age with a little dust from your work area.

Re: Why waxed thread?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:18 am
by bookbum
All of the above are true but, in my experience, it depends on the type of wax you're talking about:

For bee's wax - a little sticky
It helps prevent the thread from tangling during sewing.
It helps prevent adhesive from penetrating the thread.
Another important feature is that waxed thread helps 'lock' the thread in place during sewing, keeping the previous stitches tight while you move on.

Paraffin based wax - slippery
Used as a lubricant to make the awl produce holes easier
On endbands, it helps keep them clean and makes them easier to clean.

Re: Why waxed thread?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:27 pm
by Jer
Not sure but I was told the wax helps keep the thread from tearing through the pages as the book is used over time.