Couldn’t sleep last night so I….


….replaced the elastics on my 12-elastic TN! I know it seems daunting but it is pretty easy. I cannot fathom how to do fancy shoelace configurations, so if I can manage this, anyone can!

I replaced both the elastics for the books and the closure elastic as they had become perished and stretched after many many months of constant use.

The tension (tightness) of the elastics is important for how the books sit. Too tight and they will cause the leather to pucker in, too loose and your books won’t sit evenly in the cover. Changing elastic colour can also give the cover a whole new lease of life.  So it’s nice to know it is easy to work with the elastics.




Categories: Bookbinding, Diaries and Journals, Midori and other Traveler's Notebooks, Notebooks


2 replies

  1. Is it just back and forth or is there a special stitch when re-elasticizing one’s TN! Tutorial needed?

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    • No, I just threaded one end of the elastic into the inside top right hole and the other end into the inside bottom right hole and just laced them up and down from there, working the left. You could also do it from the left and work right. It was spectacularly easy!

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