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What is saddle stitch binding?

What is saddle stitch binding? Saddle stitch binding is a classic bookbinding method that has stood the test of time, offering a simple yet effective way to create professional-looking booklets, brochures, and magazines. This technique involves folding sheets of paper in half and securing them along the crease with staples or stitches. The result is a neat and tidy document that lies flat when opened, making it perfect for a wide range of printed materials.

What is saddle stitch binding?

What is Saddle Stitch Binding?

At its core, saddle stitch binding is about simplicity and efficiency. It’s a process where printed sheets are folded down the middle and then stitched through the fold line, often using wire staples. The term “saddle stitch” comes from the saddle-shaped apparatus used during the stapling process, where the booklet drapes over the saddle as it’s being stitched together¹.

The Process

Creating a saddle-stitched booklet involves several key steps:

  1. Printing: The pages are printed with content on both sides, ensuring that when folded, each sheet creates four pages of the booklet.
  2. Folding and Collating: After printing, the sheets are folded to form the spine and collated into the correct sequence.
  1. Stitching: The folded sheets are placed on the saddle-shaped equipment, and staples or stitches are inserted along the fold to secure the pages.
  2. Trimming: Any excess paper is trimmed off to give the booklet a clean, finished look².

Advantages of Saddle Stitch Binding

Saddle stitch binding is not only cost-effective but also versatile. It can accommodate a wide range of page counts, typically from 8 to 100 pages, depending on paper thickness. This binding method is particularly well-suited for smaller publications like newsletters, catalogs, and programs³.


While saddle stitch binding is a fantastic option for many projects, it’s important to note that the maximum page count can vary based on the paper’s weight and thickness. Additionally, the pages of your document must be in multiples of four, as each sheet adds four pages to the booklet.


Saddle stitch binding remains a popular choice for its affordability, ease of production, and professional appearance. Whether you’re creating a corporate brochure or a small zine, saddle stitch binding offers a straightforward solution that delivers quality results.

I hope this blog post provides a clear understanding of saddle stitch binding and its benefits. If you’re looking to create your own saddle-stitched booklet, remember to consider the page count and paper thickness to ensure the best outcome for your project. Happy binding!


(1) What is Saddle Stitch Binding? | Preferred Direct Blog
(2) Binding Basics — Saddle Stitching | Walsworth
(3) Saddle-Stitch Binding Process – Stapled Binding
(4) Perfect Bound vs. Saddle Stitch: What’s the Difference?

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