Saddle stitching is a book binding method, where the pages are gathered together, folded to form a booklet and wire-stapled in the folded line. Generally, two staples are used for each book, however, larger books may require more staples.
The saddle stitch booklet printing process is quite common and fairly inexpensive; it is more cost-effective in comparison to perfect binding and coil binding, when large volumes of books are being produced. The process takes place after the inside pages and cover have been printed, collated and folded lightly, to mark the line for saddle stitching. Once the book is saddle-stitched, it is then trimmed and folded tighter together.
Applications of saddle stitch booklet printing
- Direct mailers
- Wall calendars
- And more..
General guidelines for saddle stitch booklets
- The saddle stitch booklet printing is optimal for booklets that are about 65 pages, plus cover. Even though more pages are possible, it may result in the booklet becoming too bulky, not folding properly and may not lay as flat as desired.
- Sufficient margins around the text is recommended, to stop any text to be buried too deep in the fold or too near to the edges of the book.
- See a sample proof before production to make all necessary changes before production
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