Saddle stitching is simply a printer’s term for stapling. Printed, folded forms are opened at their centers (half the pages on one side and half on the other side) and then gathered or nested together – each form falling on top of the next in proper order while riding along a chain.
By the time the gathered signatures reach the end of this moving conveyor style line, they are stitched with wire (stapled) while resting on top of what looks like a metal saddle. The final step is to trim the excess paper away along three sides (top, face and bottom) leaving the final finished size.
Advantages of Saddle Stitching
- Least expensive of all binding options
- Widely available, as most printers saddle stitch in-house
- Lies relatively flat
- Special gatefolds and foldouts are possible
- Can use a self-cover or a separate cover