Susquehanna Printing offers flexible, affordable bindery solutions for your printing project. Need something unusual? Ask us, and we’ll find a way to get it done.
What type of binding is best?
The optimal binding choice will depend on whether your project is using offset printing or digital printing, and will depend on how you plan to mail your finished project. Our experienced team can help you make the right binding choice. Check out the types of binding services we offer. If you don’t see your preference here, contact us, we can discuss other custom binding solutions.
Saddle (or side) stitched
Saddle stitching uses staples in the spine of the printed product. Saddle stitching is popular because it is affordable and durable. Another advantage of saddle stitching is that the product lies flat while it is read, which makes it easy to flip pages. Saddle stitching is a great choice for magazines, booklets, calendars, programs, and photo books. Page counts are a maximum of 200 for newsprint, but fewer for heavier paper. Our stitching machines have up to six pockets plus cover feeders.
Spiral bound and Wire-O Bound
Both of these binding methods involve the use of coils, or spirals, to bind pages together. This is an affordable form of binding and it allows the bound materials to lie flat while read. Spiral bound products generally are limited to 2 ¾” thick, while Wire-O bound products are limited to 1 ¼” thick.
Perfect binding creates a flat, squared-off spine like a book. The pages are glued to the cover, which is typically a heavier paper than the pages. Perfect binding is attractive and durable, and more expensive than saddle stitching or spiral bound. With perfect binding the product will not lie flat when opened. Use perfect binding for high-end publications that you expect to last a long time, or for newsprint books that have too many pages for saddle stitching. Phone books and directories are examples of newsprint products for which perfect binding is a good fit.
3-Hole Drilled with Ring Binders
This is a form of binding where the pages have holes punched in them and then are inserted into ring binders. It is slightly more expensive than other forms of binding because of the cost of the ring binders. The advantage to this binding is that pages can be easily inserted and removed over time and that the pages lie flat while reading. In addition, the binder cover can hold a brightly printed cover for maximum visual impact. A disadvantage is that there is no variability in the cost of the binder when page counts increase or decrease. This type of binding is ideal for training manuals, procedure manuals, and annual reports.