Stab sewing is a useful technique in the bookbinder's armoury, although not often required for the more popular types of binding. When stab sewing incorporates covers it can be called stab binding. We have some examples of stab sewing when employed in other styles of binding ~ Asian bindings ~ section oversewing ~ cheque book binding 
Stab sewing has both advantages and ~ I feel ~ rather more disadvantages. For example a great deal depends on the wear on the threads, and tear on the pages.