Most common type of binding, is stapling sheets together where they fold at the spine. They are commonly used for Booklets, brochures, newsletters, pamphlets, direct mailers, magazines and catalogs.
- Fast & Inexpensive [least expensive of all binding options].
- Widely and readily available, since most printers saddle stitch in-house.
- Lays relatively flat.
- Accommodates special inserts like business reply envelopes, membership forms, order blanks.
- Gatefolds and foldouts are possible.
- Can use a self or separate cover.
- Longevity. Not recommended for pieces intended for heavy use.
- Lacks printable spine.
- Not possible to bind in a single leaf of paper [as in perfect binding], but single leaves canbe stitched into a saddle stitched book if it has a 3.5″ inch flap, or extension.
- Thickness limitations. Documents thicker than 0.25″ inch may require another binding technique.
- May require special design adjustments for creep, especially small formats with high page counts.
- Signatures are folded with a bind fold [a fold in the paper, which allows a mechanicalor suction device to find the center].
- Signatures are opened with suction cups or mechanical grippers.
- Open signatures are hung over a chain or “saddle.”
- The signatures may then be transferred to succeeding feeding stations. This is howsaddle stitched signatures are inserted into each other.
- Covers are scored and folded on the saddle stitching machine. Then they are laidon top of the signature[s].
- The product is stitched through the fold, trimmed on three sides.