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About Saddle Stitch Printing

Saddle stitch printing is one of the four binding options that we offer. Saddle stitch binding is often used for booklets, magazines, programs, and catalogs. With saddle stitch printing, large sheets of paper are folded in half, gathered together, and stapled in the spine of the document.


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The Advantages & Disadvantages of Saddle Stitch Printing

Advantages of Saddle Stitch Printing

  • Saddle stitch binding is the least expensive binding option we offer.
  • It is a good option for multipage documents with 80 pages or less.
  • Saddle stitch booklets can be printed with the same paper throughout or with a heavier cover.
  • You can put pictures across spreads without losing any of the picture at the bound edge.

Disadvantages of Saddle Stitch Binding include

  • Thicker saddle stitch booklets can get bulky, especially on the side of the booklet with the spine.
  • Saddle stitch booklets do not lay flat because they are rounded at the bound edge.
  • Due to the way saddle stitch booklets are printed, you must order in increments of four pages. If your booklet is 14 pages, you will need to come up with two more pages or delete two pages.

How Are Documents Saddle Stitched?

  • 01 For saddle stitching, large sheets of paper are printed with two pages on each side of the sheet (so four pages per sheet of paper). The paper is folded in half, all sheets are gathered together, and then two staples (called stitched) are placed in the spine of the book. Since each sheet has four pages, saddle stitch printing must be printed in increments of four pages.
  • 02 At Dazzle Printing, our digital printing presses do the saddle stitching as the document is printed. The inside pages are printed first, followed by the cover. The sheets of paper are gathered in a holding area until all sheets are printed. The sheets are then folded in half and two stitched are placed in the spine.
  • 03 The document then moves to a trimmer that cuts three sides of the document (the bound edge is not trimmed) to the finished size of the booklet. Thus, the booklet is printed on larger sheets where bleeds can be printed and then trimmed down to finished size. That way, the printing can extend to the edge of the page.
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Article on Saddle Stitch

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Saddle Stitch Printing FAQs

What size saddle stitch booklets can be printed?

Can you print landscape saddle stitch booklets?

What is the minimum and maximum number of pages that can be saddle stitched?

Can a saddle stitch booklet be printed with a self cover?

Can you print on the inside of the cover?

Do you offer lamination for covers?

Do you offer corner rounding for saddle stitch books?

How should saddle stitch files be submitted?

Should files be sent as single pages or spreads?

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Contact Us with Questions

When you’re ready to print your saddle stitch booklet, make sure to consider ordering with Dazzle Printing. You’ll be glad you did! With our outstanding print quality, numerous paper and printing options, low print quantities, cheap prices, incredible client service, free shipping on orders over $399, and 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can’t go wrong. Have questions before you order? Call us at 1-800-338-4329, email us at help@dazzleprinting.com, or chat with us online (our online chat is in the bottom right corner of every page on our website).


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