When it comes to my binding method, should I go with thread sewing or perfect binding?

When it comes to my binding method, should I go with thread sewing or perfect binding?

Our customers regularly have this as a dilemma and ask us to consider and explain the difference between Thread Sewing binding and Perfect binding.

Perfect binding takes groups of pages, called sections and these are gathered together and held in place by glue before the cover is drawn on. It is a very versatile form of binding and can be used to bind the slimmest or largest of books. It is a very versatile mechanism of binding is relatively in expensive and has many advantages. It can bind hundreds of pages together; it is lighter where postage, carriage and storage are concerned.  It is also more affordable than some other forms of permanent binding.As a customer you can use different types of paper for different sections of your book and in most cases you can print on the spine so the book can be easily located and identified on a shelf.

Thread sewn on the other hand is similar to perfect or PUR binding. Thread sewn employs multiple threads to sew the sections or what we call signatures together at the first stage. The thread appears at the middle at the middle of a signature and the books are much more durable and lay flatter. It is a traditional way to bind books that are expected to last a very long life in top condition with heavy usage. The sections are literally sewn together to make a book block before they are glued together in the usual perfect binding way, with a cover drawn on again. it is the best way to ensure a high quality durable book.

Thread sewing binding has many advantages such as very strong binding. It is the recommended mechanism for high-quality, long-lasting publications, and those that you must be able to open flat, without them splitting along the spine – such as brochures, catalogues and annual reports.

To assist with your print or binding needs, talk to us today at Turners where we are always happy to help.

Author: Michael Bennett