Some books go through the ringer: Children’s books, library books, and reference and educational books are all subjected to extreme wear. Open, close, open, close….all day long. Binding these types of publications is truly a challenge, and regular binding techniques like gluing, smythe sewing and saddle stitching often don’t cut it.
For books that need a super strong spine, we now offer Side Stitch binding equipment. It’s ideal for sewing short-run books on demand, either casebound or perfect bound. As the name implies, the threads are sewn through the side of signatures close to the spine. This technique produces an incredibly strong book block.
Children’s books are especially good candidates for this type of binding since these books ordinarily take a lot of abuse!
Our new Side Sewer has several important features including Back Tack Technology where the sewing machine does a reverse back stitch on the head and foot of the book block. This ensures a strong side sew that won’t come apart at the head and foot like standard side sewn books can (and often do).
Souped up and speedy
Speed is critical when you need to get books delivered to an important event. With the new Side Sewer, we can stitch up to 10 books per minute. That’s 600 books per hour!
Hardy half-inch thick
There a few limitations when it comes to spine thickness allowed for this technique. Our maximum spine width for this capability is 1/2″ thick while which equates to about 70 pages of 60# offset paper. The minimum book size is 1/32nd size.
If you have a book that might benefit from this binding format, give us a shout. Here’s a few photos of our new equipment.