I'm trying to leather hardcover bind a book that's 8-1/2" x 5-1?2" x 1-1/2" thick on folded 32# paper following the Youtube tutorial by Eoiyin Hawthorn. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svYRsyxsikQ
I'm looking for any tips or alternate methods.
When I first finished stitching (20 holes per page) the binding edge was 4". I made a fixture to hold the ropes taught and got it pressed down to 2-1/2" but it still doesn't shape real well. I assume it's the buildup of the waxed thread between the pages that's making it so thick.
What's the thinnest thread that's practical to use? Is there a better method?
Is there any way to bind by going vertical up and down through the pages to eliminate the increase in thickness?
I'm told a book this thick has to be stitched which seems reasonable.