Different Methods of Binding

Different Methods of Binding

There are many different ways to bind multiple pages together.  Some of these methods can be done on a small scale with inexpensive equipment, while others are best left to the professionals. Here are a few different ways that binding can be done in the office, and by a professional.

Saddle-stitch binding

This is typically done using a one or more staples on the fold of a magazine or brochure. This is most commonly used on magazines that you would find when you’re getting rung up at the supermarket. Saddle-stitch got it's name from the way the staples are applied. The signatures are fanned open with the inside pages face down on the binder, much like a horse's saddle as they are stapled.


This method is very similar to saddle stitching, but instead of stapling the pages on the fold they are stapled on the side through the face.  This is less expensive than saddle-stitching, but it doesn't look nearly as nice and creates larger spine gutters.

Perfect Binding

Perfect Binding is great for holding over fifty pages together. This process puts all of the signatures together, and grinds them to a perfectly flat binding edge, the cover is then glued to that new edge. As a word of warning you will lose the visibility of a portion of the inside pages because of the binding area.  Make sure that your designer takes this into account so that your overall design is not impacted.

Case binding

Case binding is seen mostly on hardcover books. The signatures are sewn together, glued to a gauze strip, and then glued to end papers that are attached to hard covers.  This is the most labor intensive process making it one of the most expensive options.

Plastic Comb binding

This is a quick and simple way to put together business reports using plastic teeth that are inserted into a series of holes made in a stack of paper. Comb binding machines are inexpensive and the spine can be remove or reattached when needed.