Buyer's Guide: Saddle Stitching

Buyer's Guide: Saddle Stitching
The most widely used binding method is saddle stitching. From a technical standpoint, it is one of the simplest binding techniques. Folded sheets are placed over a "saddle" and then stapled along the fold (spine). This method is usually used for books smaller than 1/4" thick.

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Booklets, brochures, newsletters, pamphlets, direct mailers, magazines, and catalogs


  • Fast
  • Inexpensive
  • Widely available
  • Lays relatively flat
  • Accommodates special inserts like business reply envelopes, order forms, etc...
  • Foldouts are possible


  • Not recommended for pieces intended for heavy use
  • No printable spine
  • Thickness limitations
  • May require special design adjustments

Binding Steps:

  • Sheets are collated and folded
  • Sheets are then opened and hung over a "saddle" or chain
  • Product is "stitched" or stapled through the fold
  • Book may be trimmed on all three sides for a cleaner look

Stitching Wire Troubleshooting:

Example of Saddle Stapled Documents:

    Custom Saddle Stapling / Saddle Stitching

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