Saddle Stitch Plus Additional Services

Saddle stitch and other stitching processes are a fast, relatively economical and efficient binding method.  Inserts, such as business reply cards, envelopes and other forms, can be stitched in, tipped-on with permanent or fugitive glue, or inserted loose.

Saddle stitching produces a strong and durable bind with good cross-over registration.

Loop stitching, which allows the book to be easily fit in to ring binders, is more cost effective than stitching and subsequently drilling holes into the book, and results in no image loss in the binding margin.

Our square backing machine, ‘squares’ the spine of stitched books – this is particularly useful for stitched books with some bulk (and a number of pages – especially when larger than 48 pages) as the squaring of the spine reduces the bulky build up and presents a better looking and handling book.

Click on the bars below to see more information on our saddle stitch and additional stitching services.

Pacific Bindery Services offers a variety of stitching services (Saddle stitch, Loop, Side and Corner stitch) and has a variety of equipment to meet your needs.  We also have a booklet maker and a square backing machine for stitched books. In addition to stitching, we can also cut, fold, foil stamp, emboss or deboss, or die cut or add other finishing techniques to your project.

Saddle Stitch Machine

  • 6 pockets plus cover feeder. 10,000 units per hour. Quick turn. Short to medium runs. Good productivity – allows for economical binding and fast turn-arounds.
  • In-line scoring and folding of covers. Clean, quick, flat and accurate fold.

Bookmaker, Trimmer and Collator

  • Finished sizes from 3 3/8 x 4 ¾” up to 9 3/4 x 14”.
  • Designed to handle small sizes and flats quickly and efficiently.
  • Each of the two suction-feed collators has a 10-bin capacity – 20 collating bins in total.
  • Capable of saddle, corner or side-stitching jobs
  • Runs at up to 5000 books per hour.
  • Recommend scoring 8 pt wrong grain and/or 10 pt and higher either grain direction

Spinemaster (square backing for stitched books)

A stitched book that looks like it has been perfect bound! This system square backs stitched books in-line (on our Booklet maker) or off-line and provides you with an economical and good looking product.

  • Booklets can be opened flat without damaging the spine.
  • Overall bulk is reduced by at least one third, ensuring that flat booklets are easy to handle, stack and pack, move and store.
  • The SquareBack™ spine can be printed on, just like a perfect bound book (please note that positioning on the spine can be variable).

Rosback

  • Manual handfed stitcher with automatic saddle stitching
  • Useful for projects that are unsuitable for our 6 pocket Saddle Stitch machine due to size configuration or quantity.

M17 Bostitch

  • Handfed with manual saddle or flat stitching.
  • Useful for projects that are unsuitable for our 6 pocket Saddle Stitch machine due to size configuration or quantity.
  • Up to 5 stitching heads.
  • Capable of stitching inserts with unusual size or position requirements.
  • Used for flat-stitched books with fold-over covers.

Both the Rosback and Bostitch machines are used for booklets with pocketed covers and flush or inset text pages.

Saddle Stitching Specifications

Saddle Stitcher

Gatherer
Minimum untrimmed (HF lip) – 4 1/8 x 4 1/8”
Maximum untrimmed (HF lip) – 12 ½ x 18 7/8”
Minimum untrimmed (no lip) – 3 1/8 x 4 1/8”
Maximum untrimmed (no lip) – 11 3/8 x 17”
Minimum size – cover feeder – 6 ½ x 3 ½”
folding to 3 ¼ x 3 ½”
Maximum size – cover feeder – 24 ¼ x 18 7/8″
folding to 12 1/8 x 18 7/8”

Stitcher
Maximum thickness cover to cover – 3/8”
Minimum size – 4 1/8 x 5”
Maximum size – 12 ½ x 18 7/8”
Minimum distance between stitches
(for book up to 1/4” thick – HK55 narrow heads) 2”
(for book up to 3/8” thick – HK75 heads) 3”

Loop Stitching
Minimum distance between loop stitches
(minimum 1” from head or foot to center of stitch) 3 3/16” cc min

Minimum thickness, cover to cover – Coated Stock o.o5″; Uncoated Stock 0.04″

Trimmer
Minimum size untrimmed – 4 1/8 x 5”
Maximum size untrimmed – 12 ½ x 18 7/8”
Minimum size trimmed – 3 x 5 7/8”
Minimum size with difficulty (including cutting belts) – 3 x 5 ½” to 3 x 4 ½”
Maximum size trimmed without difficulty – 12 x 18 3/8”
Maximum size trimmed with difficulty (additional make ready time required) – 12 ¼ x 18 3/8”

Bookmaker

Stitch/Fold – Saddle
Flats as large as 19 5/8 x 14” folds to 9 13/16 x 14”
Flats as small as 6 ¾ x 4 ¾” folds to 3 3/8 x 4 ¾”
Maximum 20 sheets – depending on paper weight and size

Stitch/Fold – Corner or Side
Flats as large as 14 3/8 x 13 ¾”
Flats as small as 5 ½ x 4 ¾”
Maximum 20 sheets – depending on paper weight and size

Face trimming
Maximum face trim 1 inch – depends on paper weight and size

Untrimmed
Minimum – 3 3/8 x 4 ¾”
Maximum – 9 13/16 x 14”

Trimmed
Minimum – 3 x 4 ¾”
Maximum – 9 3/4 x 14”

Collate only: (2 towers; 20 bins)
Paper size
Flats as large as 19 5/8 x 13 3/4″
Flats as small as 5 ½ x 8 ¼”
Paper Weight
Minimum 3 pt
Maximum (approx. 110 lb cover weight) 12 pt

Additional stitching services

Square back (stitched books) Specifications: Spinemaster

Minimum book size – 3 13/16 x 4 ¾”
Maximum book size – 12 x 13 ¾”

Maximum book thickness: 1/4″ thick
– up to 120 pages (20 lb bond)
Note: a double pass may be required for thick books, with stiff covers

Minimum thickness – recommend not fewer than 24 pages – 3/64”

Manual and Semi-Automatic Stitching
Rosback
Minimum book size – 3 ½ x 5″
Maximum book size – 12 ½ x 15″
Maximum book thickness – ¼”
Minimum distance between heads – 3 ½”

M17 Bostitch
Minimum book size – 3 x 5″
Maximum book size – 13 x 22″
Maximum book thickness (flat stitch) – 1/4″

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