Helpful Hints

Saddle Stitching


Ideal for booklets, self-mailers and other projects, saddle stitching is an economical binding solution that gives products a clean, classic appearance. Saddle stitching also allows for plenty of design possibilities, including die-cut covers, foldouts, pockets, mixed stocks, short sheets and perfed reply cards.
Quality and Efficiency at Seidl's Bindery
At Seidl's Bindery, our Muller Martini saddle stitching system automatically gathers, stitches and trims on three sides, allowing us to efficiently produce your saddle stitching products with the high quality you've come to expect from us. Installed in August of 2003, this high-speed system has helped us drastically improve turnaround times on both short- and long-run projects. In fact, we were able to produce more than six million books in the first two weeks the machine was running!
Plenty of Design and Format Possibilities
Do your projects have "unusual" design or format needs? They aren't a problem at Seidl's Bindery. Oblong layouts; two- and three-up book formats; inline punching and loop stitching gives you plenty of flexibility when planning projects such as calendars, brochures, direct mail pieces and more.
Helpful Stitching Layout Tips: Here are a few key layout tips to keep in mind when planning your saddle stitching projects:
  • When planning signature layouts, allow a minimum trim margin of 1/8" for the head, foot and face.
  • If you have crossover registration concerns, use parallel folding sequences on 8-, 12- and 16-page signatures, and avoid right angle folding sequences.
  • When including undersized forms such as BRC's, be sure to include an additional "hanger" flap to keep the signature balanced on the saddle. Although the size requirements of this flap can vary, plan to include a hanger that extends at least 2" spine to face to ensure proper production.
The Seidl Advantage
At Seidl's Bindery, we want to be your complete post press production partner. In addition to high-speed, high-quality saddle stitching, look to us for industry-leading services such as PUR adhesive binding; mechanical binding; high-speed die cutting with computerized layout; cutting, folding, gluing, index tabbing and much more. Give us a call for friendly layout and planning advice.