Types Of Binding


The Printing House have a wide range of binding techniques available and suitable for short or long print runs. If you need advice on the best binding type for your project then call us on 01270 212100.


Saddle Stitching (Saddle Stitched)

Perhaps misleadingly named, saddle stitching is our most popular type of binding as it is highly automated and suitable for short or long runs. The ‘stitching’ refers to two wire staples that are ‘stitched’ into the booklet.

The process is simple; we fold the sheet to slightly bigger than the booklet and then ‘saddle stitch’, usually with just two stitches. The saddle stitching line then trims the 3 edges that aren’t stitched and out comes the finished book. Dependent on paper thickness this is suitable for binding documents up to 80–100 pages.

PUR Binding & Perfect Binding

Perfect Binding or PUR Binding both give a fabulous looking ‘square’ edge to the book and we are finding that customers prefer the superior strength of PUR Binding. Both types look the same with the difference being in the type of glue used, with PUR giving 60% stronger hold.

Whilst PUR Binding looks great, it isn’t suitable for very job. We recommend it for jobs with more than 36 text pages and for runs of over 150.



Wiro Binding

Wiro binding is commonly used for reports, training manuals, prosepctuses and catalogues. Usually we would wiro-bind jobs from a quantity if 1 to 1000, there is very little set up cost, but the cost per unit is quite high as it isn’t as fully automated as other binding types. Wiro-binding is the only cost effective binding technique for short run (up to 150) books with a high page count of 100 leaves or more.


Padding is what we use for notepads, forms etc. It usually involves a sheet of greyboard at the back, with the printed leaves on top where we guillotine to the finished size and then glue one edge and we can the supply this with or without a front protector sheet. Also ideal for NCR forms.



Loop Stitching

Loop stitching is basically the same as saddle stitching but with 2 or 4 loops for inserting into a ring binder.