Saddle Stitch Printing

Saddle stitch printing or “booklet” printing is a very common form of printing where the material is formed into a small book by folding the pages with staples down the spine or middle of the book. One of the main reasons individuals choose saddle stitch printing is because the media is very cost effective and is perfect for small or large orders. Saddle stitch paper is usually either 8.5″ x 11″ or 5.5″ x 8.5″ and usually the total page length of each booklet must be under 64 pages.

Saddle Stitch Printing Uses:

Benefits of Saddle Stitch Printing

At Chromatic, we have been making saddle stitch book bindings for 39 years and know how important having an important booklet is, whether it is for a brochure representing your company or a fun book that you may be self publishing. The first benefit of saddle stitch book printing is the low costs involved. Many individuals and companies who are on a small budget choose saddle stitch printing for their catalog or program because they can get 100 copies done at a very inexpensive rate. Another benefit of saddle stitch printing is the extremely fast turn around time involved. You can get a complete order done in less than a week using saddle stitch printing. There are many situations where a trade show or other industry event is happening and you need you brochures as soon as possible. Another great use of saddle stitch book printing is if you do not have a large budget but want to see how well a new brochure will do you can put in a small order and test the results without having to spend a fortune. You can test out a small order of around 100 and see if you what happens. Saddle stitch is also one of the most eco-friendly printing methods helping conserve resources.

Saddle Stitch Printing

Saddle stitch printing is one of the earliest methods of holding pages together being used for hundreds of years. Chromatic uses state of the art machinery and printing presses to make sure all of your saddle stitch printing needs are clean and absolutely perfect the first time around. If you are interested to get an estimate for your saddle stitch printing job, or have any other digital printing related questions please call Chromatic at (818) 242-5785 or email info@chromaticinc.com.

Securing loose printed, folded, and nested pages with stitches or staples down the middle of the fold (the spine) is known as saddle-stitched binding. The sheaf of papers or signature may be stitched with thread or staples. The name comes from the device or saddle on which the folded signatures are placed for stitching — with the saddle in the fold.

Of all the softcover book binding methods that printing houses offer, saddle stitching is the most popular. They use this method for a variety of book types including catalogs, manuals, booklets, programs, multi-page brochures, newsletters, periodicals, wall calendars and mailers. Clients prefer this printing method for a variety of reasons, which is why saddle stitching is so popular.

Saddle-stitching or saddle-stapling or “booklet making” is common for small booklets, calendars, pocket-size address books, and some magazines. Binding with saddle-stitching creates booklets that can be opened up flat. The number of pages that can be bound using saddle-stitching is limited by the bulk of the papers. The larger the number of pages, the greater the amount of creep that occurs; inner pages that extend or creep further out than the outer pages when folded. Signatures are nested (set one into the other rather than stacked as in the previous methods) and then stitched through the fold with staples made of thin wire. These books can lie flat. However, saddle-stitching only works for shorter books of up to 80 pages or so. These books also have no spine on which to print a title.

Making use of a saddle stitching offers the following Benefits:

  1. It is the least expensive binding method.
  2. The turnaround time is generally quite fast.
  3. It can be used for very short production runs…for example, 100 books.
  4. Books can be made with a heavier weight cover or as “Self Cover” books. Self Cover means the cover is the same weight of paper as the interior pages.
  5. It allows for books to be made in a wide range of sizes – small like a pocket guide or large like a road atlas.
  6. Books can be hole-punched along the spine for insertion into a ring binder.
  7. Relatively easy to design and can accommodate artwork or images that span two adjacent pages (crossover images).
  8. Adds minimal bulk or weight to the printing, so it is especially good for pieces that will be mailed.
  9. Can be printed in full color, with plain black ink or in any ink combination.

When ordering saddle stitch printing, there are a few things to keep in mind. Firstly, at a certain page count, a saddle stitched book will become too bulky to fold properly. The page count at which this occurs is dependent on the thickness of the paper you select but the limit is usually around 64 pages to maintain a nice flat appearance. The spine of a saddle stitched book cannot be printed upon because it is not a flat surface. With these basic tips in mind, your printing house can advise you on the best printing method for your project and provide you with superb saddle stitch printing for your needs.