I am delighted to share the results of my recent experiment: using a sewing machine to bind my deconstructed guide book.
It works like a charm!
I was never too keen on tearing apart books because it seemed too sloppy (I don't love the little binder Rick sells, sadly) but sewing the pages keeps them neatly bound (even better if you include card stock as a cover). It's sew easy!
* Use a long stitch length (zig zag worked well for me)
* Deconstruct the book as neatly as possible, to avoid losing any paper to ripping. If you do find yourself too short on the inside margin you can sew on the outside margin but will have to flip the pages right to left when reading (not a big annoyance but something to consider).
* Change your needle before returning to fabric!
I would love to know of more sewing-related travel hacks!