Tips for Better Saddle Stitching Projects
Creating effective saddle-stitched pieces like these requires careful attention to detail during the planning and production phases.
An economical binding style that delivers a clean and classic look, saddle stitching is a popular solution for common applications such as booklets, brochures and pamphlets. Though saddle stitching is a relatively simple binding style, there are still potential planning and production problems that printers and finishers must be able to solve (or avoid altogether) in order to ensure their project's success. Read on for Schultz Bindery's tips on making sure your next saddle-stitched job goes smoothly.
Compensate for "Pushout" with Shingling
One element commonly overlooked during saddle stitching planning is pushout, which occurs when multiple signatures are folded. To compensate for the effects of pushout on saddle-stitched books, all sheets should be shingled so that the printed area doesn't appear too close to the spine or face once the books are bound and trimmed.
Gluing in Trim-off Areas
Six- and eight-page gatefolds with glue spots require constant monitoring and frequent sample pulls to ensure accurate glue placement. If glue spreads too far into a piece, it will not be removed in the final trimming process. Easy-release glue should be used in trim-off areas to keep the product functional, even if the glue oozes into the non-trimmed area. When applying glue in trim-off areas, make sure the trim section of your bindery's stitcher can accomodate your trim-off margin choice. Generally speaking, glue only one side of a foldout – either the top or bottom. While a 1/2" trim-off margin is preferred, 3/8" is usually fine. Place the large trim-off area opposite the jogging end so the rest of your signatures need only minimal trims.
- Avoid having a single sheet or a thin signature sticking out of either the head or foot because it will be crushed when joggers position the product for final head and foot trims.
- Unbalanced signatures may require special handling to keep them from falling off the saddle or the chain. Experienced saddle stitching professionals usually can compensate for this problem with special machine rigs.
About Schultz Bindery
With three high-speed stitchers on our production floor, Schultz Bindery can handle almost any saddle stitching project thrown our way. We recently installed a Harris stitcher with fourth and fifth knife trimming capabilities for more efficient two-up production. We also have units for loop stitching, corner stitching, side stitching as well as a Christensen Gang Stitcher that can prepare landscape (oblong) books up to 18". In addition, we provide inline cover feeding, drilling and trimming to the fifth knife to improve production efficiency and turnaround times. Call us today to let us help with your next stitching project.