Embroidered Book Covers

Embroidered Book Covers … wow! They are unusual, distinctive and memorable.

The image below (I wish the book would photograph more effectively) shows a book spine and front cover with raised thread embroidery! We can produce Embroidered Books using literally hundreds of colours of thread; shiny or matte, fine or bulky, multiple levels with multiple colours.

Embroidered Book Covers

When you consider thread embroidery for your project let your imagination really wander. The two images below show multiple colours of threads.

Embroidered Book Covers

Embroidered Book Covers

The image below shows a single ply embroidered cover of a saddle sewn book.

Embroidered Book Covers

The image below shows a square back bound book with a five-coloured patch/label securely glued to the front cover.

Embroidered Book Covers

This pink coloured book shown below is a four-coloured embroidery job that has been embroidered through a very smooth, delicate cloth.

Embroidered Book Covers

The brown book shown below is bound in a round-back, case bound style and has six colours and three different textures of threads.

Embroidered Book Covers

Features

  • Smooth
  • Raised
  • Texture

Benefits

  • Greatly increases the real value of the book
  • The book jumps out, gets noticed and remembered

Factor to Consider

  • Although we have hundreds of different kinds of book binding cloth, adding embroidery to your book reduces your cloth options.

Loop Stitching

What is Loop Stitching? The following four images are the perfect answer.

Loops Stiching

Loop Stiching

Loop Stiching

Loop Stitching

Loop Stitching is a saddle stitch with “loop.” When a Loop Stitched book is open to the centre, it looks exactly the same as a regular saddle stitched book. The outside “loop” on a Loop Stitched book allows the book to be inserted into a ring binder with no drilled holes. The advantage of this is uninterrupted graphics and a cleaner look.

Our Loop Stitching comes in two sizes. The smaller loop size can be inserted into a ring binder with a ring size up to 1”. The larger loop size can accommodate up to a 4” ring binder ring size.

Many jobs that require Loop Stitching are designed to be Loop Stitched, but many jobs are simply to a fix a mistake! Loop Stitching can rescue poor pre-press design, 3-hole drilling that ruins copy or graphics, etc. The books are simply Loop Stitched (instead of being reprinted and bound)!

We can Loop Stitch almost any size, like regular saddle stitched books. The following two images show a new process we have developed. This new process is the solution for a perfect bound book that was meant to be drilled but cannot be because the drilling obscures copy, graphics, prices, etc.

Loop Stitching

 

The solution we developed simply involves taking blank 10pt white stock, creasing and folding it as a 4-page, Loop Stitching it, gluing it closed and tipping it onto the back of a perfect bound book. Presto! You have a Loop Stitched perfect bound book and a problem, which may have required a complete re-print, has been solved!

Features

  • Shiny
  • Smooth

Benefits

  • Books turn more easily in ring binder if they are “loop-stitched” versus drilled
  • Unlike drilled holes, a loop stitch doesn’t interrupt graphics
  • Perceived added value
  • Can be a very important solution to what can often be a very expensive problem

Fold-Outs

Fold-outs are pages or covers that “fold-out” from the main part of the piece like a book, magazine or folder. We’re seeing a huge increase in the number of jobs with Fold-outs! The main reason we’re seeing more Fold-outs is our improved technology and techniques, which have reduced spoilage, improved quality and greatly improved production time. New technology enables us to produce certain styles that we couldn’t do before, all the while lowering prices! That’s what people like to hear!

Fold-Outs

Fold-outs are only for the pages of books. We can often do Fold-out covers for saddle stitched books (e.g. a six panel roll fold on the book cover). Fold-out covers on perfect bound books are another story … it’s extremely problematic, so generally not a good idea.

Fold-Outs

The above collage of images shows a 13” square book with two opposite 4-page Fold-outs that, when opened fully, are 52” wide! If we had done a 1-page Fold-out on the top and another 1-page Fold-out on the bottom, the vertical spread would have been 39” top to bottom! What a great way to show off something tall like a condominium!

Fold-Outs

I’ve been asked whether Fold-outs are cheaper in saddle stitched, perfect bound or case bound books. Simply put, there are far too many variables (quantity, number of Fold-outs, size of book, etc.) to say which style of binding for fold-outs would be the cheapest.  We do, however, see far more Fold-outs in perfect bound books.

Fold-Outs

Features

  • 2 or more panels
  • They can be done on saddle stitched, perfect bound and casebound books
  • Cover Fold-outs can be done easily on saddle stitched books

Benefits

  • Requires user to be more involved with the piece
  • Adds more ‘real estate” for printed copy
  • Differentiates the book
  • Fold-outs helps illustrate wide or tall things like condominiums or vehicles

Factor to Consider

  • If the Fold-out is to be flush with the face, foot or spine, the price goes through the roof! To keep costs down, the Fold-outs should be held back.

Please also see information regarding Saddle Stitching Here!

Tipping

Tipping is the automated process of attaching (or gluing) something such as a card, pouch, folder, etc. to a larger printed piece called a carrier. Eight different trade binderies in Toronto do Tipping, so for regular Tipping jobs, the prices are highly competitive. We only do difficult or unusual Tipping jobs!

Tipping

tipping

Tipping

We have the machinery and expertise to tackle a range of Tag Stringing jobs like:

  1. Tipping 2 or 3 pieces onto one side of a carrier
  2. Tipping a piece onto both sides of the carrier
  3. Tip-ons (as pictured) that are filled with liquid or granular material
  4. We can Tip-on a piece onto the pages of a saddle stitched book. For example, on a 12-page saddle stitched book, we can tip a piece onto each of eight out of the 12 pages!
  5. We can Tip-on products that have jagged or irregular edges
  6. Tip-on to a specialty folded carrier like accordion folders, gate-folds, etc.
  7. Tip-ons that are thicker than 40pt
  8. We can Tip-on to a carrier sheet as large as 40” x 72” and fold and glue the sheet (carrier)!

For tipping that is unusual please call us at (416) 701-0111 ext. 311 or email at quotes@sgfteam.ca. We can help!

Tipping

Tipping

Tipping

Features

  • Tip-on is removable from carrier
  • Piece is flexible

Tipping - Specialties Graphic Finishers

Tipping - Specialties Graphic Finishers

Tipping - Specialties Graphic Finishers

Benefits

  • Effectively gets product samples into customer hands

Factor to consider

  • Consider how the pieces are to be distributed (e.g. mail, bulk, retail, by hand, etc.). Distribution method can affect the strength of glue required.

To see more examples of Tipping please click here. 

TIPPING

Companies that produce consumer products are going to ever-increasing lengths to get samples into the hands of consumers. This is good news to the graphic arts industry because most of the product samples are tipped onto or inserted into a printed piece.

To facilitate this tip-on market, we use high speed, high quality machinery to tip-on a variety of products, from gift cards and shampoo packs to envelopes and coupons.

  • Our machinery glues on and registers many pieces within 1/8″ accuracy
  • The glues we use greatly reduces paper tear when the product is removed
  • We can fold carriers once or twice in-line after tipping
  • We can in-line glue carriers closed or add a clip/wafer seal
  • We can in-line inkjet address carriers and bulk box or post office bag

Die Cut Case Bound Covers

What are Die Cut Case Bound Covers? The following pictures show case bound/hard back books that are Die Cut completely through the front covers. Until recently, this was extremely RARE, but now I’m seeing the Die Cut Cover concept somewhat often.


The Die Cut Cover addition to a case bound/hard back book certainly makes it distinctive! You’ll notice circles, ovals, and rounded shapes.

The Die Cutting portion of the project is done after the book is completely bound. Since the most common board thickness is 100pt, plus glue on two side, plus the end-paper, and the cover wrap, the Die Cutting portion is through a cover thickness of 120pt. Since Die Cutting the Cover is done on such a thick piece, there are some limitations to the complexity of the Die Cut shape. For instance, a star shape or shape with fine points are not suitable. Shapes that are square, triangle, oval, rounded, 5, 6 or 7 sided and maybe certain letters such a B, M or W are suitable.


I have said before that a genius is someone who knows the difference between a fad or a trend. I’m not a genius so I don’t know if Die Cut Covers are a fad or a trend. Most binderies that make case bound books cannot Die Cut the Covers. We have special machinery to do the Die Cut Covers that most case bound/hard back book manufacturers don’t have!


Features

• Smooth edges
• Book Cover is still perfectly flat
• Exposes first page

Benefits

• Possible to have a printed logo or picture show through the Die Cut hole
• Greatly differentiates the book from countless others!

Factors to Consider

• Die Cutting Covers adds 2 or 3 days to all production time for the book production
• Die Cutting Covers adds to the total cost of book production

Wax Seals

What are wax seals? The following pictures tell part of the story. The “wax seal” is coloured wax that we melt onto the printed piece and imprint with a custom made metal die. The metal die is the same kind of metal die we use for foil stamping. The metal die can have on extensive range of logos, words, or type styles etc. The runs are short, from a few dozen to a few hundred. The size of the wax seals can be from as small as 3/8” wide to 1” wide. The wax comes in over a dozen colours, with red being the most common.

Wax Seals

Wax Seals

Wax Seals

Features

  • Bright colours
  • Smooth

Wax Seals

Wax Seals

Wax Seals

Wax Seals

Benefits

  • Each job has a custom made “STAMP” in the wax (e.g. logos, initials, emblems, etc.)
  • Wax seals are distinctive and personal
  • Wax seals greatly enhance the value of a printed piece

Wax Seals

Wax Seals

Wax Seals

Factor to Consider

  • While this process is expensive, wax seals add the perception of prestige and uniqueness to a product

Specialties Graphic Finishers

INNOVATIVE BINDING & FINISHING SOLUTIONS

We are Canada’s premier graphic finishing house. Recognized on both sides of the American-Canadian border for our quality and service, we have consistently been the leading recipient of many industry awards.

Giant Grommets

I hear a constant refrain from customers . . . “Show me something different!” Well, I’m happy to oblige by showing you pictures of something that’s truly different . . . Giant Grommets! As you’ll see in the following images, Giant Grommets come in numerous colours and 9 different diameters. A book bound with Giant Grommets really stands out!

Giant Grommets

Giant Grommets - Book Binding and Finishing

Features

  • Smooth
  • Always made of metal not plastic

Giant Grommets - Book Binding and Finishing

Giant Grommets - Book Binding and Finishing

Benefits

  • Permanent so you can’t remove papers
  • Long lasting and durable binding method (as in decades!)
  • Grommets are by and large scratch resistant

Giant Grommets - Book Binding and Finishing

Factors to Consider

  • Consider placement of printed copy so copy or borders or pictures are covered by the grommets
  • Giant grommets are limited to book thickness up to 3/8”

    INNOVATIVE BINDING & FINISHING SOLUTIONS

    We are Canada’s premier graphic finishing house. Recognized on both sides of the American-Canadian border for our quality and service, we have consistently been the leading recipient of many industry awards.

    Anstey Book Binding

    Anstey is the epitome of low-tech and old-fashioned. We believe in the hand in “hand-crafted” and are proud to use traditional and innovative binding and finishing techniques.

Chipping – Specialties Graphic Finishers

Here’s another odd ball word, “Chipping”. (No, I don’t make up these names!). Chipping is the process of applying samples of paper or something similar in multiple positions to a heavy stock weight paper carrier. If you’ve ever picked out paint samples at a store, you probably collected a few booklets with paint chip inside.

Chipping

Chipping

Chipping

Chipping is unique compared to other common processes of gluing on samples. Any time you see multiple pieces of material thicker than paper such as tile, wood or rug, the production method is different than Chipping. The production of heavier samples always involves the applying of patterns of glue to the carrier and then the sample pieces are applied (usually automatically) to the wet glued squares.

Chipping

Chipping

As for Chipping, the glue is applied to the bottom of the paper sample itself and then the multiple pieces are applied in one pass to the carrier. Paper companies require Chipping for quality issues because if one of the tiny paper samples being applied is the least bit crooked, a line of brown glue will show. Paper companies want their sample booklets to be produced with the Chipping method so the glue is applied out to all four edges of the Chip. This prevents the Chips from being peeled off.

Chipping

Chipping

Chipping

When I have approached paper companies to do Chipping for them, the first question they always ask is, “Are you applying the glue to the carrier first or the sample piece first?” If my answer isn’t that we apply glue to the sample first, they won’t talk to me!

Chipping

Like the image above, you’ll notice that some Chips have 2 colours of samples that butt each other. If you rub your finger over the surface of the two coloured pieces that are “Butted” together they are perfectly smooth! Our company does both Chipping and Butting!

Specialties Graphic Finishers!

Innovative Binding & Finishing Solutions

We are Canada’s premier graphic finishing house. Recognized on both sides of the American-Canadian border for our quality and service, we have consistently been the leading recipient of many industry awards.

Paste Binding

What is paste binding? It is a booklet that appears to be wire saddle stitched, but there are no wire stitches (staples). Rather than using wire stitches, the folded pages are held together with glue. Paste bound “booklets” are produced on a conventional “buckle” folding machine.

Paste Binding

In the late 1950’s, automatic saddle stitchers were introduced which cut the cost of producing saddle stitched books by about 90%! Prior to this saddle stitched books were hand fed on a wire stitching machine & then manually trimmed on a cutting machine. Prior to the 1950’s, “paste binding” was quite common. Most binderies did “paste binding”.  Paste binding has limitations compared to wire saddle stitching.

Features

  • Glue on every page at the spine
  • The spine lays flatter that wire saddle stitching

Paste Binding

Benefits

  • Sometimes much cheaper than saddle stitching
  • We can P.M.C. (HIGH DIE) shape paste bound booklet. When saddle stitched books are squeezed through the P.M.C. machine the stitches pop out!
  • When the booklet is being paste bound all in one pass, additional operations such a final soft fold and/or “clip” seals can be added on 1 or 2 or 3 sides all in one pass!

Paste Binding

Limitations

  • Narrower range of stocks
  • Depending on booklet size booklets can only be a maximum of 32 pages
  • Glued booklets cannot have a separate cover
  • Stocks cannot be mixed

Factors to consider

  • There are a number of physical limitations
  • We are one of the very few binderies can now do this process
  • Most suitable for long runs

Toronto Zoo – Event Introduction Tea Box Set

Event Introduction Tea Set

The Toronto Zoo wanted to celebrate the birth of the first Giant Panda cubs to be born in Canada. We produced this tea box set, which was sent to leading multicultural media outlets in advance of a name reveal event. The Toronto Zoo also wanted to spread the word about the new cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, and invite the public to see them.

Tea Box Set

There is a lot of symbolism in this box set. First, the colour scheme –black and white—reflect the Giana Panda’s colours.

Tea Box Set

The tea and teacup components recognize the Giant Panda’s origin and the birthplace of the mother Panda. Having two teacups represents the twin panda cubs.

Tea Box Set

As you can see in the above image, the two cups are placed to look like a Panda’s eyes. The foil stamped curved portion at the bottom is the mouth and the upper rounded corners are the ears.

Tea Box Set

The image above shows the letterpress printed introduction

We were very excited by the final product since this project conveyed the desired effect of warmth, tradition and celebration. We produced this entire project according to the designers’ direction. The public reception of the piece was excellent!

Features

  • Smooth
  • Lots of symbolism reflective of the panda cub exhibit
  • Only black and white

Benefits

  • Easy to access & reassemble after use
  • Unique
  • Functional

Factors to consider

  • The genius of this piece is in the design. Designers should always explore what materials are available to create the desired effect of the piece. There is an endless supply of unique materials we can work with!