Do you know the difference between the terms “saddle stitch” and “perfect bind”? If you are designing catalogs or other multiple-page printed materials, you need to know how different binding options affect you as the designer, and how those choices affect your client’s costs as well.
In the article The Dilemma: Stitch or Glue? published by Paper Specs, the author covers the limitations and advantages of choosing one type of binding over the other.
Here’s a quick definition of the two terms written by the author, but for more information, check out the full article here.
Saddle stitching is simply a printer’s term for stapling. Printed, folded forms are opened at their centers (half the pages on one side and half on the other side) and then gathered or nested together – each form falling on top of the next in proper order while riding along a chain.
Perfect binding is commonly used for catalogs, directories and paperback books that have a higher page count. Pages are glued together at the spine with a strong flexible glue. The cover is wrapped around the glued pages, and the brochure or catalog is then trimmed to its finished size.