Kettle stitch

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(Bookbinding) the stitch made in sewing at the head and tail of a book.
- Shelton.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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(11.) Sewing up, or on, allows the binder to sew two or more gatherings onto the text block in one pass from the kettle stitch at one end of the book to the other by alternating among them.