Saddle Stitch Plus Additional Services

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

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

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

PACIFIC BINDERY offers a variety of stitching services (Saddle stitch, Side and Corner stitch) and has a variety of equipment to meet your needs. 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

  • 8 pockets plus cover feeder. Capable of 12,000 units per hour. Quick turn-around. Short to medium to long runs. Excellent productivity – allows for economical binding and fast turn-arounds.
  • In-line scoring and folding of covers. Clean, quick, flat and accurate fold.

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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