Casebinding

Brand New Case Making Machine

Casebinding

I’m excited to announce that we recently installed a brand new hardcover book case making machine! This new machine increases our production speed, so we’re competitively priced against other case binding providers.

Casebinding

As one of North America’s premier trade finishing houses, we offer full case binding and hardcover book services. We do the entire process in-house, including making the cases, adding head & tail bands, perfect binding and Smyth sewing and casing-in.

For custom hardcover book binding, we offer these specialized services:

  • 20″ x 20″ Smyth sewing
  • 20″ x 20″ perfect binding
  • Extra-thick books
  • Hard and Flexible covers
  • Hubbed spines
  • Metal corners
  • Square, round and hubbed spines
  • Ribbon bookmarks
  • Edge painting and foil gilding
  • Die cut slipcases, covers & dust jackets

Our new case making machine produces quality cases for books and rigid boxes at amazing speeds! The next time a hardcover book job crosses you desk, please give us a call!

Passbook Binding

Passbook Binding - Hard Cover Books

This week, I’m talking about the difference between regular center sewing (a.k.a. saddle sewing) and Passbook Binding. Remember old bank account books? The stitches in those books were only visible when opened to the center, but not on the outer spine. This type of binding is called Passbook Binding and it has two key aspects: only the signatures are sewn and the cover is drawn on after.

Passbook Binding

Specialty Graphic Finishers

As you can see in the above image, Passport Books can have different colors of thread and can have rounded corners.

Specialty Graphic Finishers - Binding & Finishing

Specialty Graphic Finishers

As shown above, we can foil stamp softcovers and hardcovers for center sewn books.

Passbook Binding - Specialty Graphic Finishers

Specialty Graphic Finishers

The images above show a Passport Bound cardholder booklet.

Please give us a call to discuss how adding a cover to saddle sewn books can make your project stand out.

 

Unusual Binding Styles

The feature of this week’s email are a few binding methods that are not as common as perfect binding and saddle stitching. As a premier full-service bindery, we offer a range of unique binding options to elevate your customer’s book binding job.

ELASTIC BOOK BINDING

Unusual Binding Styles

Elastic book binding is highly unusual and, therefore, memorable! Books can be various sizes and thicknesses. The special elastics we source come in different widths and colours. In some situations, the elastic can be printed, for a fully custom look.

JAPANESE BOOK BINDING

Unusual Binding Styles

Japanese binding is a glue free book binding option, which used several threads to create loops around the spine. Almost any thickness of book can be bound using this method.

DOME BOOK BINDING

Book Binding

Dome binding is a good binding method for thin books up to 3/8” thick. Books are perfect bound and can then have 2 or more dome rivets applied along the spine.

SIDE SEW BOOK BINDING

Unusual Binding Styles

Side sew book binding is one of my favourite binding methods. Because the thread is visible from the front and back, this binding method is perfect for making a statement. There are numerous colours of thread to pick from. It’s perfect for thin books up to 1/4” thick. Numerous colours of thread. As mentioned in the video, sometimes two lines of two different colours of thread is very effective.

BOX STITCH BOOK BINDING

Box stitching is done as a secondary and purely aesthetic method of book binding. Perfect bound books up to ¼” thick can have copper or silver box stitches applied.

EYELET AND GROMMET BOOK BINDING

We have a huge capacity for eyelet and grommet binding. Our 18 riveting / eyeletting machines are always busy as demand for value-added features continues to grow. As you can see in the sample board, there is a huge range of sizes and colours. Whether your book project is thin or thick, we have a binding option for you!

GIANT DECORATIVE GROMMETS

GIANT DECORATIVE GROMMETS

GIANT DECORATIVE GROMMETS

Grommets are purely functional pieces added to reinforce holes made in paper or fabric. Are they just functional or can they be something more? This week, I’m showing you examples of how we use Grommets to elevate otherwise basic, perfect bound books to unique, memorable pieces!

GIANT DECORATIVE GROMMETS

We start with pre-bound books (e.g. perfect bound) up to 1/4” thick, and add one, two or three Decorative Grommets along the spine. Grommets are available in a range of diameters, flanges and colours.

GIANT DECORATIVE GROMMETS

As you can see, they’re very distinctive and really add that special something to the look of a book. If your client wants something highly unusual, give us a call!

GIANT DECORATIVE GROMMETS

BOOKS WITH TAPED SPINES

Books with Taped Spines

Books with Taped Spines

This week, I’m showcasing an unusual bindery add-on for perfect bound and Smythe sewn books. The first page of the book is mounted to the inside front cover and the last page is mounted to the inside back cover. Then, to stabilize the spine, adhesive-backed cloth or embossed paper (both of which come in numerous colours) is wrapped around the spine.

Books with Taped Spines

Books with Taped Spines

The images above show a taped spine on a PMC / High Die Shaped book.

Books with Taped Spines

Books with Taped Spines

The image above shows a book with a corrugated cover and a silver taped spine.

Specialty Graphic Finishes Book Binding

The journals shown above have two variations of black tape on the spines.

Books with Taped Spines

Specialty Graphic Finishes Book Binding

The book shown above is an example embossed paper used as “spine tape.”

Specialty Graphic Finishes Book Binding

The book shown above is an example of cloth being used as “spine tape.”

Are you looking for some bindery work that is unusual? … Please give us a call!

“A picture is worth a thousand words; and a sample, a thousand pictures!” Need a sample? Please ask us for one! E-mail us at norm@sgfteam.ca

Books with Taped Spines

Side & Saddle Sewing

We broke a record lately by producing this huge side sewn book! Look at the range of sizes we can produce.


This week’s topic is all about what we can do with Book Sewing. It’s amazing how with the range of modern binding methods that good old-fashioned Side Sewing and Saddle Sewing (also referred to as Singer Sewing and Center Sewing) are becoming increasingly popular! There used to be drawbacks to this style of binding, but we’ve developed techniques to make beautiful, strong books. Did you know that Side Sewn Books are more durable than perfect bound books?


There are many options for Side Sewn and Saddle Sewn Books:

  • Thick and thin books
  • Ragged or smooth back cover stitches
  • Fine thread or thicker, heavier thread
  • Long, loose threads that extend beyond the book or trimmed short
  • Specialty folds inside
  • Huge selection of thread colours, most available on short notice
  • Both coated and uncoated stocks can be used

Here are a few extra options for Side Sewn Books:

  • Run 1, 2 or 3 lines of stitching
  • Straight or zigzag stitches
  • Can be used to create folders and envelopes (shown below)

Whether your client has a thin booklet, an extra-large Side Sewing project or wants some custom Saddle Sewing or Side Sewing options, give us a call!

 

SWATCH BOOKS

SWATCH BOOKS

The featured product this week is Swatch Books. Swatch Books aren’t limited to just paper … if you can collate the swatches, we can make it into a book! The Swatch Book you see in the image above is part of a 50,000 run we do each year for an American printer.

SWATCH BOOKS

SWATCH BOOKS

SWATCH BOOKS

The images of other Swatch Books show how we hide the stitches by using the “stitch and flip” method that we’ve perfected over the years.

Producing Swatch Books requires an extensive amount of difficult collating. To hide the material edges and stitches that hold the swatches together, we “stitch and flip” the top portion of each pad. This piece requires die cutting and hand folding. In this instance, the client sent large sheets of the material, which we cut to various sizes to make the swatches.

Rollabind

Rollabind

Rollabind, which is also known as Discbinding, is a mechanical binding process like Wire-O and Plasticoil but with a major advantage. The Rollabind binding method was designed to enable end users to add and remove sheets by hand without damaging them.

Rollabind

Books bound with Rollabind lay flat when open and can be opened 360 degrees! Sheets are aligned perfectly and the gap between opened sheets is remarkably narrow.

Rollabind

Rollabind

Rollabind discs come in sizes from 1/2” up to 1 1/2” and in 22 colours. Books with 1/2” discs can hold 50 sheets of 32lb stock or 70 sheets of standard copy paper. Books with 1 1/2” discs can hold 140 sheets of 32lb stock or 220 sheets of standard copy paper.

 

Saddle Sewing

Saddle Sewing

Saddle sewing is a type of binding that is meant to be seen. This thread used in saddle sewn books can match or contrast the stock and graphics or be matched to a corporate colour. This unique binding method shows through the front cover and the centre spread.

Saddle Sewing

Saddle Sewing - Specialties Graphic Finishers

The thread can be cut short or can be left long so it’s more noticeable. The above images show an example of clipped threads and long threads. The images below show some amazing specialty folds we can no do on saddle sewn books!

Saddle Sewn Books

 

Saddle Sewn Books

Saddle Sewn Books

Board Books

Board Books - Specialties Graphic Finishers

Board Books are the feature of this week’s email. Also called “photo albums” or “children’s books,” this style of book binding is unique because pages are glued together back-to-back. With Board Books, think “spreads” instead of “pages”.

Board Books

Board Books

The main advantage of a Board Book over other types of book binding is the uninterrupted spread across both pages of a book. To achieve this, the paper is printed on one side, cut to a 4-page configuration, die-creased in the centre, folded as 4-pagers (print side in), collated and then the sections are inline glued together. Traditionally, a piece of board was glued in between each section, hence the term “Board Book.” Board Books do not, however, have to be heavy, thick books.

For clients that want a very sturdy book, the heaviest stock we can use is 25pt, which results in 50pt when the pages are glued together!

While this type of book might be called a Board Book, we can use stock as light as 60lb offset! This means that Board Books can also be a great option for clients who care about having uninterrupted images and copy but don’t want thick pages.

Board BooksWe can produce Board Books that are up to 3” thick and in sizes up to 14” x 18” (binding on the 18”). We can even finish Board Books with flexible covers like perfect bound books are hard covers like casebound books.

Board Books

Board Books

Like the books shown above, some Board Books can be PMC/high diecut into custom shapes or stepcut!