Zinesters of the world: no happy stapling or rubber bands please

Zinesters of the world: no happy stapling or rubber bands please
7 November 2011

Rubber bands are in the same class as sticky tape and staples: not only do they all mean more work for me,but they also spell inevitable disaster for the item. There are staples that rust and staples that don't rust.There are staples that require me to grow muscles.  If we are going to preserve items, whenever I see a staple I am honour and duty bound to remove it and rebind the item. Staff around the building are also coming to the realisation that staples are bad, and send us items for de-stapling and re-binding.

Rusty staples cause corrosion and can be quite thick

Rusty staples cause corrosion and can be quite thick

However people don't necessarily have that same attitude towards rubber bands. Have you ever discovered an old box, or a diary that's been kept closed with a rubber band? Maybe a 20 or 30 year old rubber band? Has it gone manky? Probably. So zinesters, this is for you: please don't use rubber bands to bind your zines.

Zines with rubber bands

Zines with rubber bands

Recipe for (pamphlet) sewing:

Tools for the job

Tools for the job

1 needle,  1 thimble (optional), thread (anything will do, cotton, polyester, thick or thin, so long as it fit through the needle, awl (optional to be used if your zine is thick)

Poke 3 holes at regular intervals in your zine

Poke 3 holes at regular intervals in your zine

Start from either the inside or the outside, depending on whether you want your sewing to be decorative or not. Make sure the final knot includes the thread along the spine.

Start from either the inside or the outside, depending on whether you want your sewing to be decorative or not. Make sure the final knot includes the thread along the spine.

Tying the knot on the inside.

Tying the knot on the inside.

Voila! a conservation friendly item that took you all of 5 minutes. And just imagine the fun you can have with different threads and fabrics. Yes your item is supposed to be ephemeral; but just think of us collectors?!