These silent, mesmerizingly slow videos from Bookbinders Chronicle’s YouTube channel (blog here) show you how to sew a book by hand using cloth tapes or cords to strengthen the binding and hold the book block tight. Of course a book can be sewn by hand without cords or tapes.

If you don’t see two videos here please click on the title of this post in order to view them in your browser.

See also Bookbinding by hand and Fine binding. For the commercial method of doing this task see Smyth sewing.