Binding Options

Choosing the binding method that best suits your catalog project

Saddle Stitching:

Sheets of paper (signatures) are nested and stapled together. through the centerfold with wire staples.


This is an effective, and economical, binding method for smaller pages counts.  One drawback is there is no spine to print on. Another is as the page count increases the pages will start to bow around the center gold.   Suitable for 4 up to approximately 72 pages, depending on the paper stock and weight.

Perfect binding:

With the help of adhesive, folded pages (signatures)  are glued together at the spine, and a paper cover is wrapped around glued to the signatures making up the spine. This type of binding gives a more professional appearance than saddle stitch binding and has a printable spine.  This is the most common type of biding for catalogs with medium and large page counts.

 Suitable from  40 pages and up, depending on paper stock and stock weight.

Smyth Sewn Binding:

Also called section sewn,. Folded, gathered, and collated pages (signatures) are sewn together at the spine. First through individual signatures and then, for extra durability and flexibility, these signatures are likewise sewn together with thread


This holding power of this type of binding is optimal, and is used when heavier paper stock is bound., and/or heavy usage of the printed piece is expected.   Suitable from 4 to 1000 pages

Wire-O Binding:

Single sheets are fastened by wire rings "Wire-O" through a series of holes punched along one side of the printed pieces

The pages can 'lay-flat' or open right out for easy reading. This type of binding is robust, and a good option for large manuals.  A hard or soft cover sheet (front & back) can be used. It is suitable from 4 to 500 pages

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Case binding:

Casebound books are typically sewn or perfect bound first, then encased in a separately made hardcover, to give maximum durability.


Catalogs and books with this binding method offer a very impressive presentation  They give your book a weighty feel and convey an air of quality. This type of binding allows the catalog to lay open on the table.  

The downside is the cost and the extra weight ,can be an issue for mailing and shipping. It is suitable from 24 to 700 pages

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