Saddle stitching is a very popular book binding method that is quite economical to design and print. It is most effective for booklets and publications. With saddle stitching, folded sheets are gathered together and then stapled or “stitched” through the fold line with wire staples.
There are a variety of considerations to think of when designing a saddle stitched booklet:
Unless you want blank pages in the back of your booklet, the number of pages in your publication needs to be divisible by 4. An A4 booklet will actually be made up of A3 sheets of paper folded in half, which gives it 2 printable sides or 4 printable A4 pages.
In your design (especially in publications/documents with a larger number of pages, you will need to take “creep” into account. When a stack of paper is folded, each inner sheet gets pushed out by a small amount. This is what we call creep. If we don’t trim this creep, the booklet will not look neat and finished. If you do not allow for creep in your design, your text and images may be cut off or may be too close to the edge.
In your design, the above will also apply for your inner margins. You don’t want your text too close to the fold as it may be difficult to read.
We offer saddle stitching for a variety of purposes that include: