Saddle Stitch Binding vs. Perfect Binding

So you've got a multi-page printed piece, but it's too thick to bind using traditional staples, or you want to create a book-like user experience.

We can help.

There are many ways to bind a printed collateral piece, including saddle stitching and perfect binding.

Saddle Stitching

Saddle stitching is typically used for printed projects containing fewer than 96 pages. This, of course, depends on the thickness of the paper stock used.

A project that's destined for saddle stitching should be laid out so that the pages can be folded and nestled one inside the other. Our layout team will work with your graphic designer to ensure your project meets the right specifications.

After we print your pages, we'll create the folds, arrange the pages, and then use special staples along the crease to bind the pages together.

Saddle stitching is an ideal process for creating:

  • Programs
  • Calendars
  • Booklets
  • Annual reports
  • Newsletters
  • Pamphlets
  • Brochures
  • Catalogs

Perfect Binding

For projects larger than 96 pages, or those that are printed on a heavier stock, we may recommend our perfect binding process to assemble the finished piece. A perfect bound piece looks more like a book than a booklet. It has a defined spine like a paperback book or commercial magazine.

To create a perfect bound project, we print pages front and back and form a single stack. We then take the stack of pages and place it in a special machine that covers the binding edge with glue. After the glue is applied to the binding edge, we attach the cover.

Projects best-suited for perfect binding include:

  • Magazines
  • Phone books
  • Thick catalogs
  • Hardcover books
  • Paperback books
  • Coffee table books

It's important to choose whether your project will be perfect bound or saddle stitched before you begin laying out your work.

Call us at 419-861-8611 to speak with a member of our team about the possibilities.



207 Arco Drive

Toledo, OH 43607-2906

Phone: 419.861.8611

Fax: 419.861.3299

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