or Smythe sewing
[ smahyth, smith ]
/ smaɪθ, smɪθ /
a method of sewing together folded, gathered, and collated signatures with a single thread sewn through the folds of individual signatures.
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Origin of Smyth sewing
after David M. Smyth (1833–1907), Irish-born U.S. inventor, who designed a machine performing this kind of sewing
Related formsSmyth-sewn, adjective
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