Do you have multiple pages of a project that you need to put together? When a paperclip won’t do, we can help create something organized and looking professional. But what binding technique is best? You’ve heard of perfect binding and know that we can put together a presentation in a nice folder. If you have multiple pages but not a large enough page count for a perfect bind, saddle stitching your book together is the way to go. 

Saddle Stitching

Saddle stitching is best for a low page count, as few as eight pages or so. It’s also a more affordable option vs. perfect binding. Another benefit to saddle stitch binding is that your book, catalog, magazine, or presentation can lay flat and will stay open.

Here is how it works: the folded sheets are gathered together inside another outer page and then stapled through the folded crease. Though the staples are typical wire staples, this type of book binding is actually called stitching in the printing industry. The sheets are traditionally draped over something that looks like a saddle while the pages are being stapled together. So, voila! Saddle stitching. 

When you have a booklet or publication that is under 60 pages or so, saddle stitching is best. The most common printed projects that are saddle stitched include:

Check out our in-house saddle stitching machine in action! 


Perfect Binding

Perfect binding, on the other hand, is a method of book binding that consists of gluing rather than stapling. A card or paper stock cover is glued to the inside pages and the binding edge, then the books are trimmed to look “perfect.” 

This type of binding is a great, high-quality way to organize a multitude of pages. Perfect bound books offer durability to bind soft cover books, catalogs with a high page count, workbooks, magazines, programs, and more. 

And a variety of industries can benefit from perfect binding services including: 

  • New writers
  • Realtors
  • Healthcare
  • Service Industry
  • Mechanics

Perfect Binding vs Saddle Stitching | Digiprint

Perfect binding allows for printing on a flat spine, which is one of the differentiating features from saddle stitching. While both book binding methods do not let the pages lay flat like coil binding, and there is still a maximum number of pages, there are times when perfect binding is best for your printed project and other times when saddle stitching is the way to go!

That’s why it helps to have a printing professional by your side to make sure your project comes out just the way you want. The graphic designers and printers at Digiprint have a wealth of experience and are super creative! Whether it’s designing your book cover or putting together a large presentation, we can help you choose the best binding option.  

Let us know what you need from Digiprint printing services!