Saddle stitch binding is a standard binding method for books with a small number of pages. It is widely used in picture books, illustrated books, magazines, periodicals, brochures, profiles, personal information, business books, etc.
But do you know what the best page count for saddle stitch binding is?
Saddle stitch binding requires that the publication be at least 8 pages long, 4 pages each across, built-in multiples of four pages (8,12,16, etc.), with a total of no more than 92 pages.
Why is the best page count for saddle stitch binding less than 92? Let’s go into more detail about saddle stitch binding.
What does saddle stitch binding mean?
Saddle stitch binding involves binding two or three pins or thread like a sewing machine at the center of the spine of the finished book to hold the whole piece in place, then trimming the three sides of the binding to finish the book form print.
The saddle stitch binding method determines that the contents of a brochure are assembled using a set of patches. For example, there is a 64-page booklet with horse binding, so each page is printed in a group, so saddle stitch binding is also called a set binding.
Saddle Stitch Binding Pros and Cons
While saddle stitch binding is commonly used for bookbinding and magazine binding, not all prints are suitable for saddle binding. Here are the pros and cons of each.
- The saddle stitch binding process is cheap and simple
- Printing and binding at one time to complete, production speed;
- The book can be opened completely flat, easy to read;
- Accessible to cross-page in editing.
- The saddle stitch binding should be edited to make the main page more minor than the outer page, and the thicker paper should be pre-creased.
- The saddle stitch binding can’t be made into a thick book.
For one thing, the book’s spine will bulge out; for another, the thicker the book, the greater the effect on the horizontal dimensions of the book block, the heart of the book is easy to run. For another, when the finished product is cut, the upper and lower spines of the book spine are easy to break.
For example, for 157 grams of double-sided copperplate paper with a 16-page sample, the page number should be limited to 40 pages. The smaller the open book, the page number is also reduced. If the book is too thick, it should be used in other bindings.
Saddle Stitch Binding Page Width Change
The effect of saddle stitch binding on the inside and outside page width of a book is cut.
Based on the process conditions, we can derive the following formula:
Saddle stitch binding book middle paper width = cover width-1/2 book thickness.
Saddle Stitch Binding Faq
Before deciding to use saddle stitch binding in print, there are a few things to note.
1. Saddle stitch binding volumes do not have a prominent spine and are not conducive to display storage or retrieval.
2. The closer the inside page saddle stitch binding is to the center, the more it will crowd out, in proportion to the thickness of the paper and the page number, some of which will result in the inside page being smaller than the page near the cover.
3. In the case of large book thickness, the layout of layout elements must be paid attention to when designing because riding the middle of the page width will be less than 1/2 book thickness.
If the finished product is 5mm thick, the middle pages are 2.5 mm shorter than the cover.
If placed in the edge of the page text, logo, etc., the cut is likely to cover the text and logo is complete, and in the middle of the inner page logo, the reader is expected to be cut out of the part.
Conclusion, What Page Count is Best for Saddle Stitch Binding?
Now you know saddle stitch binding is a short-term, low-cost, economical and ideal choice for a small brochure (for a publication of fewer than 92 pages).
For more than 92 pages of pages, it is not appropriate to use saddle stitch binding. We recommend the use of bookbinding brochure printing.