A Quick Pre-Press Lesson: the Difference Between Perfect Bind and Saddle Stitch

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
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.

Saddle Stitch

PERFECT BINDING
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.
Perfect Bind

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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