Here at the Embellishing Group, we understand that by doing the simple things perfectly, we can achieve the finest results.
As you’ve seen over the past few articles in this series, we proudly employ some of the newest technology in bespoke printing. From Edge Gilding and Painting, to Duplexing and Triplexing as well as Concertina Binds, we aim to afford our customers all the finest flourishes that modern printing has to offer.
However, that doesn’t mean that we neglect the more elementary aspects of our trade. On the contrary, our philosophy dictates that these traditional aspects of printing and binding are completed with a meticulous attention to detail.
People, despite all advice otherwise, do judge books by their covers, so a beautifully created cover is a must when presenting your printed material to a client. Therefore, this month we’re going to take a more in-depth look at some of the traditional ways in which we can bind your print. We’re specifically going to look at the four most common methods of binding, as listed below:
1. PUR Binding
This method is most commonly used for binding books, magazines and brochures. It’s a form of what is known as ‘perfect’ binding, in which groups of folded pages are cut along the fold and then glued to the spine.
PUR stands for Polyurethane Reactive, by far the best glue to use for this kind of bind. It is super strong—so strong that pages are surprisingly difficult to remove once stuck—while also being very flexible. PUR has the added benefit of being extremely durable and long-lasting, so your printed material will be highly protected from even heavy use. PUR also sticks to any surface, so any stock of paper or ink type is suitable.
2. Saddle Stitch Binding
Next, let’s look at ‘Saddle Stitching’. This is the most common and economical method of binding. It’s a simple yet effective technique, and one that you will have seen used for magazines and brochures.
All of the pages to be bound are folded in the middle and two or more pieces of wire (or staples) are pushed through the fold from the outside, then clinched to hold the pages together. While common, this method is not the strongest method of binding, and therefore not recommended for heavier duty pages or weightier documents.
The resulting spine is narrow and tapers to a point, and therefore cannot be used for printing a title on. However we can provide a wide range of staple colours to perfectly match your printing design.
Overall, the saddle stitch method is very lightweight, requires minimal page designing, and has a quick turnaround time. It’s ideal for lower page-count documents, such as booklets and smaller brochures.
3. Case Binding
We dealt with ‘Case Making’ in great detail in Article 6 of this series, so for the full chapter and verse on that technique, head there.
Case Binding is essentially the same concept, but more machine driven. This method of binding uses varying thicknesses of board to create a hard, durable cover for your printed material. An average hardcover book is the most common example of this method.
The pages are first arranged into groups, or ‘signatures’, before being glued together. The completed package, or ‘block’ is then enclosed in endpapers which are used to glue it to the hard cover.
We offer a wide range of materials with which to finish your hard cover book or brochure, so just tell us your vision for the end product and we’ll make it happen. We normally combine this bind with some of our other techniques, such as hot foiling, for added impact.
4. Singer Sewn Binding
Also known as ‘Centre Sewn’, Singer Sewn binding is an effective and elegant way to present your document, be it a high-end journal or a marketing brochure. The technique is all in the name—here the pages are sewn together along the fold, through the spine, leaving the thread visible on the outside. We offer a huge selection of thread colours, so you can match your design or branding perfectly.
This long established method is ideal for single-section booklets, magazines or brochures that don’t have many pages. The final bind is lightweight but strong, and allows the booklet or brochure to open almost flat, meaning that two page images can be included without too much being lost in the ‘gutter’.
A Long Tradition of Traditional Binding
All of the above methods are available to our clients, so when it comes time to choose which is right for your particular needs, we’ll work with you to select the ideal bind. Whether you need a sturdy hardcover or a simple saddle stitch, we have the binding solution to every printing project.