Techniques

PERFECT BOUND

An adhesive binding method where the signatures and cover are glued together along the spine allowing the book to lie flat when open.

HARDCOVER OR CASE BOUND

A book with a hardcover that is covered with cloth, leather or other material. Inside pages are usually sewn together and glued to endpapers that are then attached to the cover.

SMYTH SEWN

Thread is sewn through the fold of individual signatures which are then collated and sewn together at the fold.

SPIRAL BOUND

Also known as Coil Bound. Wire or plastic is looped through punched holes allowing the book to lie flat or pages to be turned around to the back.

SINGER SEWN

Thread is sewn through the fold of the collated signatures allowing the pages to be held securely and opened fully. A wide variety of thread colors can be used and either trimmed or left hanging.

SWISS BOUND

The book cover is detached from the spine and adhered to the back of the book. The cover is able to lie fully open, exposing the spine which can be finished decoratively.

WIRE-O BINDING

A technique where double book binding wire is looped through round or rectangular holes that are punched through the cover and pages of a book. Wire can be in various colors. Also called Double Loop Wire Binding and Sprial Binding.

3-RING BOUND

Containing loose leaf pages and commonly tabs which are gathered together in book form.

SADDLE SEWN

Created by punching metal or thread through nestled pages and securing them on the inside of the fold.

SLIPCASE

A protective case for a book or collection of books that is open at one end to reveal the spine of the book.

HANDBOUND

Signatures are sewn by hand.

LOOP STITCHED

Metal loops are stitched through the spine and centerfold of the signatures allowing the finished book to be placed in a binder.