Saddle Stitched Explained

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Heard the term before but was afraid to ask what it was? Don’t worry at we are here to help.  Saddle Stitching is the process that you see on magazines and booklets where the fold has staples on the spine to hold the pages together giving a clean tidy finish.

Saddle Stitching can be used for all size of booklets A6, A5, A4  and most sizes in-between but is limited to numbers of pages that can be ‘stitched’.  We recommend normally keeping it under 70 pages to get an optimal finish if you did have a larger page count either Wiro binding or perfect binding would be your options

Be aware that by the nature of the Saddle Stitching process the pages are stitched (stapled) then folded,  you can see below that the process makes the pages slightly sprung, the level of spring will vary on the volume of pages and the weight of paper.


Pages naturally spring as part of process


Notice the clean finish on the Saddle Stitched Spine.  A good job is determined by the fold lying right on the stitches (Staples) and no cracking of the fibres on the spine. But sometimes cracking is unavoidable.

Clean finish ideal for small booklets

The centre of all saddle stitched publications should appear clean with the stitches being pressed down cleanly and precisely vertical as below

Centre clean finish in the inside pages

If you need any further information on Saddle Stitching please drop us a line.

Till next time…



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