Bookbinding : Saddle Stitch Binding

Saddle stitching is a method of binding one or more printed sections together, with or without a cover, with wire staples (stitches) through the spine and centrefold. Otherwise known as 'booklet making' or 'stitched'.

To create the saddle stitch binding, pages are printed on all four sections of the folded sheet.They are then stacked with any other printed sheets in chronological order and stapled on thefold line, or saddle. The staple is accomplished on a machine that cuts staples from a roll of wire. The staples are then inserted onto the fold line of the pages. Saddle stitch booklets commonly use either a standard cover or self cover. Standard cover use a thicker paper for its cover where self cover uses the same type paper through out the booklet

There are many common uses for saddle stitch binding. This type of binding can hold 2-20 sheets of paper resulted in a maximum of approximately 64-128 pages. The most common uses for saddle stitch is brochures, reports, little books/booklets, plans, manuals, comics, small catalogues, calendars, magazines, price lists,

Saddle stitching is a print finishing process (after printing).

A stitch trimming machine will insert sections, stitch with the number and type of wire required and trom on 3 edges to the finished size.

Saddle stitching can also be done by hand

  • Saddle stitching is mainly used on magazines and newsletters. Saddle stitching can be used with staples or stitches and works with side stitching. 
  • Saddle stitching is rare these days as perfect binding has replaced the majority of print techniques. 
  • Saddle stitching is done by securing loose printed, folded, and nested pages with stitches or staples down the middle of the fold (the spine). Perfect Binding creates a flat spine which can be printed upon. 
  • The spine of a Saddle-Stitched book cannot be printed on, because a Saddle-Stitched book can lay almost flat when opened. It works well for artwork that spans across two pages. Also, Perfect Bound books are more of a permanent solution compared to saddle stitching as the binding is stronger. 
  • Saddle stitching is used mainly for temporary solutions like newsletters or flyers. 
  • Though all these factors (price, durability, and size) are taken into account when choosing the proper binding option, saddle stitching is used mainly in smaller publications (up to 48 pages), anything more than 48 pages is usually perfect bound.

There are many benefits in choosing saddle stitch binding over the others. First off this type of binding is the cheapest choice for producers who want to print hundreds of their product. It also has a great turn around time, which means its good for on demand orders. This type of binding allows for different sizes from hand/pocket size to the map. It also does not add the weight of a cover and can be mailed easily as well as hole punched to be inserted into a binder. 

The disadvantages with choosing to use saddle stitch binding is that there is a maximum of 128 pages of thin paper and 64 pages of heavier paper. You also run into the problem of “page creep”. Page creep happens when the out pages are shorter then the inner pages because they are layer inside each other. This means that the inner pages do not have as much room for design and information. Another disadvantage is that there is a crease which could potentially loose text or images

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