Saddle Stitching and Perfect Binding are the 2 most common options used to bind a multi-page booklet, catalog or magazine.

2 Most Common Print Finishing Options

In Saddle Stitching, multiple pages are bound together along the fold with 2 staples. The line created by the fold is also known as the “spine.”saddle stitching

Let’s take an 8.5” x 11” magazine for example.  When the magazine is printed it will print at 11” x 17” size and each sheet will fold in half to 8.5” x 11”.  All pages of the magazine will be gathered together and stitched (stapled) 2x along the spine.

Saddle Stitching is used to bind multi-page booklets that are 8 pages or larger. For the saddle stitch method to work, the pages of your booklet need to be multiples of 4.  Usually a booklet can be saddle stitched up to 68 pages (it can vary depending on the thickness of the paper).  Once a book has more pages, it will need to be perfect bound.

A Perfect Bound booklet has a flat spine. In this option, the sheets of the book are gathered together, a glue is applied along the binding edge and the cover of the booklet is placed over and around it.  A book can be perfect bound as long as it is 28 pages or larger.  In Perfect Binding, the final page count just needs to be a multiple of 2.

Helpful note: In printing, a sheet of paper has 2 sides, so 1 sheet is referred to as 2 pages.  If you have an 11 x 17, that folds in half to 8.5 x 11, your printer will refer to this as 4 pages.

At Clear Print, we have both Saddle Stitch & Perfect Binding options available to you.  If you’d like to see samples of the various bindings available please come by or request some samples.

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