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Binding FAQ

  • Saddle Stitching
    Saddle stitching is how most magazines are bound with two staples along the spine. Print Services can saddle stitch a booklet up to 100 pages, depending on the weight of the paper stock. We usually trim the facing (open) edge of booklets over 12 pages to create a cleaner look.
    • Saddle stitching is an economical binding method that allows pages to lie flat for reading. Because the pages are folded in half to create the spine, saddle stitched booklet documents must have a page count that is divisible by 4.
    • We make standard size saddle stitched booklets on 8.5" x 11" (letter), 8.5" x 14" (legal), and 11" x 17" (tabloid) paper. The resulting booklet sizes are 5.5" x 8.5", 7" x 8.5", and 8.5" x 11".We can also cross-fold an 8.5" x 11" booklet down to 8.5" x 5.5" so it can be mailed at a less costly letter postage rate. We can make booklets from other sizes with additional lead time of at least two days.
  • Tape binding
    With tape binding, sheets of paper are stacked tightly and then bound across the left (or sometimes top) edge by a piece of adhesive cloth tape. The black or blue tape may then be embossed with lettering. We can add a leatherette back cover and clear acetate front before tape binding, or use other card stock as desired. Tape bound books lie flat.
  • VeloBind
    VeloBind consists of two narrow plastic strips, one on the front cover and one on the rear, aligned with the bound edge and connected to each other by thin plastic rivets inserted through paper drilled with 11 holes. We generally add a plastic front and leatherette back cover before binding. VeloBind books are durable, but do not lie flat when opened.
  • Comb bind
    Plastic comb binding uses a semi-rigid “comb” with teeth that fit through 19 rectangular holes in 8.5" x 11" paper. This binding allows pages to lie flat on a hard surface for reading. The combs come in different sizes for different page counts.