Top 10 Saddle Stitching FAQ’s

Top 10 Saddle Stitching FAQ’s

saddle-stitched-1 (1)Saddle stitching is a hot topic in the digital printing industry. What is it? Why is it called saddle stitching? Is it expensive? The list of questions is seemingly endless. Therefore, has taken the liberty to comprise a list of the top 10 most frequently asked questions on saddle stitching, providing a concise and informative answer to each.

Top 10 saddle stitching FAQs

1. What is saddle stitching?

Saddle stitching is a booklet binding method whereby pages are collated together, folded and stapled along the spine.

2. Why is it called saddle stitching?

The name ‘saddle stitching’ can confuse a lot of people, but in fact, it’s pretty simple. In the printing industry, what we commonly refer to as ‘staples’ are renamed as ‘stitches’. Also, the collated sheets are draped over a saddle-like tool – hence the start of the name.

3. What is the minimum number of pages required for a saddle stitch book?

All saddle stitch books must be created in multiples of 4 pages, counting each page as you would in a normal page numbered book. Thus, a single page folded in half becomes a 4-page “book” and so on.

4. What is the maximum number of pages for a saddle stitch book?

Saddle stitching is suitable for documents up to 48 printed pages. At, we make a point of squaring off the spine of documents over 24 printed pages to stop the book from springing open.

5. Is saddle stitching expensive?

No. In fact, saddle stitching is the most cost-effective booklet binding method available at

6. Can you print along the spine of a saddle stitch book?

As the spine of a saddle stitch book is not flat, it is unable to be printed on.

7. Is saddle stitching only available in one size of book?

On the contrary! At, we offer saddle stitching on books at a range of sizes, including A4 portrait, 1/3 A4 portrait, A5 portrait or landscape, or 210 x 210mm square.

8. How many staples are used in saddle stitching?

Typically, saddle stitch books are stapled together using two staples situated at equal distances from the top and bottom of the document.

9. What types of books can be saddle-stitched?

Saddle stitching is perfect for annual reports, magazines, brochures, comic books, newsletters, wall calendars and much more!

10. What are the benefits of saddle stitching?

The main benefits include:

  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Fast turnaround
  • Flexible print runs and sizes
  • Easy to design
  • Versatility

Saddle Stitching At Digitalprinting.Co.Uk

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