I goofed in last weeks’ blog. I forgot to mention that I also own Specialties Graphic Finishers. Both Anstey and Specialties do the unusual jobs. Specialties works with the customers printed paper and produces larger jobs on automated machines. Anstey jobs are of a low quantity, Anstey supplies most of the material and the jobs are very labour intensive.
Why sew anything when there’s good old-fashioned staples (or saddle stitching), paperback book style (or perfect binding) or … all those other options? In a word, sewn books, pamphlets and so on have ‘CHARACTER’. They will stand out, won’t be forgotten or tossed into the round bin on the floor.
Today’s terminology is saddle sewing, once known as either “Singer sewing” or centre sewing decades ago. These earlier terms are not used as much any more, in part because Singer is a largely forgotten sewing machine brand and second, centre sewing is something of a misnomer or mistaken description.
So, pretty much every graphic designer, estimator or marketer knows what saddle stitching is: metal staples—sometimes in various colours.
(maximum of 20 colours that I know of)—along the spine or binding edge of a booklet.
What does a saddle sewn book or tag look like?
Factors to consider:
Colour tests to ensure that colour of thread on the book is what you have in mind
Decision on saddle sewing must be made BEFORE layout:
- A large run will need a lip on high folio
- Similar technical, physical requirements to saddle stitching
- ‘Push-out’ or ‘shingling’ (as does saddle stitching) requires particular care at the layout stage to ensure correct line-up of graphics in the finished product
Best of all, upload a photo!
Need a sample……please e-mail and ask firstname.lastname@example.org