What is Saddle Stitch? And What the Binding Technique Mean

What is Saddle Stitch? Book Printing Singapore And What the Binding Technique Mean



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In the printing business, saddle stitching is one of the popular book binding techniques that is being used. It does sound like a bit odd but the term “stitching” is referred as “stapling” in the printing industry. The collated sheets are also draped over an apparatus that looks like a saddle during the process, and that is why it’s called saddle stitching.


Most of the magazines that you see are not glued but are actually saddle stitched. This type of binding is considered to be straightforward. The stapler is designed with very long jaws, which is especially made for saddle stitching; it’s not like the typical stapler that you see at your office. This can also be bought at office supply shops.


It can be good for booklets, catalogue, magazines, small printing projects and other non-bulky documents that have minimal number of pages. Let’s get to know more about what this binding technique is all about and how it can be a good option for your business or personal printing needs.


How is a Book Constructed Using the Saddle Stitch Method?


To give you a clear view of the construction process, let’s use an example from a saddle-stitched booklet done in an 8.5? x 11? size.


  • The pages as well as the cover of this sample booklet will have to be made from 11? x 17? sheets and then folded in half down to the 8.5? x 11? size.
  • The sheets that have been folded will be nested one inside the other which will be stapled together end to end the folded crease, this will form as the spine of the book. For every 11? x 17? folded sheet in half, it can make four pages of the book.
  • After the 11? x 17?cover and pages are printed, partly folded and organized; they will then be joined using the staples.
  • To help the book make it more compact, the pages and cover will be folded together tightly.
  • For the final step, the open edges will be trimmed if needed so that there’s uniformity on the pages, and its overall appearance will be neat and presentable.


Usually, the saddle-stitched cover is created in another kind of paper stock that’s different from the pages of the interior. Covers are often glossier, heavier or would have a different texture than the interior pages. But there are also times that the book cover is made from the paper that’s exactly the same as the pages and this is called as “self-cover book.”



Number of Pages in Each Book


In any publication, saddle stitch binding needs at least eight pages, every spread has four pages and up to a total of 92 pages. Documents that are saddle-stitched should be constructed in page multiplies of four pages (8, 12, 16, etc.) since they will be printed on sheets that will be folded in half.


It will depend on the final page count on how you will number your pages. Example is a booklet with eight pages. The front cover is the page 1, and the back page of it will be the page 2, and the pages inside it will carry on in order as pages 3, 4, 5 and so on. The inside back cover will be the last two pages or page 7, and the back cover will be the booklet’s page 8.


The Benefits of Using This Technique


If you’re looking for printing options, you might want to consider saddle stitching for the following reasons:


  • It is known to be the least-expensive binding technique, perfect for those who want to stay within their financial printing budget.
  • Generally, the turn-around time is quicker than you think. The amount of time to finish your saddle stitching binding request will be done faster than other types of binding methods.
  • For books with lower page counts, this binding technique works very well.
  • It can accomplish short or even long production runs. Since it is cost-effective, printers are ready to produce short runs for this binding technique.
  • A hole can be punched in books along its spine for insertion to turn it into a ringed binder.
  • It is relatively easy to create a design with it, and it can also accommodate artwork or images that span two adjacent pages.
  • Mostly good for printed pieces that will be mailed through postal service since it only has minimal weight.
  • It can be used in different sizes and forms such us pocket pamphlet, a large atlas or road map, comic books and more!


Frequently Asked Questions


Here are few of the frequently asked questions that most people inquire about saddle stitch binding that you will want to know:


Can a Spine of the Book Have Printing On It?


Definitely no, this is because the spine will not create a flat surface for a book with a traditional saddle stitch. Your printing company will give you a detailed explanation if you choose this method. You will be guided through it.


When it’s Applied for Binding, How Many Staple Wires Are Used?


Almost 100% of the time, for the cover and pages to be secured, two staples will be used. However, there are very small books having only about 2 inches of spine length, so one staple is already good for this. Larger books may need more than two staples to keep the pages held together.


Is it Good for Very Large or Very Small Dimensions?


The saddle stitching binding method can work well with almost any book dimensions, even the oversized and mini-sized books. It can also work well with any type of book printing orientation such as landscape, portrait and square.


Is it Less Costly??


Yes, it is the less costly method. It’s perfect for those who are looking for an inexpensive way in finishing their created books and documents that need binding. However, don’t misinterpret its inexpensiveness, you’ll be surprised with its clean and professional-looking output.


General Guidelines


The saddle stitch binding technique is seen to be effective for publications and booklets that are around 64 pages or less. If the book has a lot of pages, it tends to become bulky when it is folded, and the outcome may not lie as flat as you want it to be when it has been saddle stitched.


Another important thing to remember, when you layout your book, make sure to use plenty of blank space or margins around the page’s content. Once the book has been saddle stitched, you don’t want to see any of your printed images or sentences buried in the inner fold of the book’s spine or even be too near the edge since it may be trimmed off.


Even if saddle stitch binding is considered to be the least-expensive method, you’d still want to ask around for printing companies in Singapore and compare their prices. Most of them won’t be offering cheap rates. Ask for the packages and tell them your budget.


Alibaba Printing is known to be one of the printing companies offering the cheapest rates for all their services.


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