What is Side Stitch Binding?

Side StitchingSide Stitching

Stapling the signatures together on the side rather than the fold.


  •     Versitile & widely available
  •     Almost any material can be punched and bound, including paper, plastic and laminates.
  •     Lays flat.
  •     Ability to creatively interleaf pages.
  •     Finished piece folds over 360 degrees [useful for technical and reference applications].
  •     Well suited for short runs.
  •     Can accommodate grain short and most paper weights.


  •     Not as sturdy as double loop wire.
  •     If the wire is crushed, it will not return to its original shape.
  •     Pages will jog when open and pages will step up when turned. Crossover designs willnot align.
  •     Wire ends are left unfinished; may snag or pull.


  •     Loose pages are collated and assembled into a stack.
  •     The loose pages are stitched or stapled parallel to the spine.
  •     When binding signatures, the head, foot and face of the book are trimmed.


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