Saddle Stitch Binding

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What is saddle stitch binding?
Saddle stitch binding is a form of securing nested pages down the middle of a center fold usually found in soft cover books or other small projects containing less than 64 pages. This is typically done with string or staples. It is the mostecon
omical "do it yourself" type of stitching. In most, if not all cases of projects that use the method of saddle stitching, there is no spine since the bind is on the fold. This method of binding can also be referred to as "saddle-stapling" or simply, "booklet-making". Professionally, this process is done with a Saddle Stitcher, or a Saddle Stapler.
Commercial Saddle Stitching Machine

Where is Saddle Stitching found and used?

This form of stitching is usually found in magazines, calenders, booklets, pamphlets, small books and manuals.
Because saddle stitching is such an easy and cheap method, it is commonly used by:
  • schools
  • magazine companies
  • small and large businesses
  • etc

Benefits of saddle stitch binding
  • Most economical (cost efficient)
  • Booklets lay flat when opened for easy readability
  • Allows for images to bleed onto other pages fluently
  • Adds little weight
  • Quick to bind

Alternative Methods of binding

How to saddle stitch a booklet

  • Stack your pages so that your cover is at the bottom with the front facing downward. The center of your booklet should be facing up.
  • Fold the booklet in half so that your cover is now on top. Check through the page numbers to be sure they are in the proper order.
  • Press the crease of the booklet as flat as possible, and then open the booklet to the middle.
  • Measure 1/2-inch from the top of your crease in the center of the page. Slide your long-arm stapler to that point, and press down. Make sure the center of the book is still facing up when you do this so that the rough edges of the staple are on the inside of your booklet.
  • Measure 1/2-inch from the bottom of the crease, and use your long-arm stapler to bind your booklet at that point, as well. Close your finished booklet.