Side Sewn Binding

singer side sewn

Close-up view of a side sewn book

Reinforced side sewn binding is a very permanent solution for book blocks both of coated or uncoated papers. The thread sews through the “side” of a book block, taking away 1/4″ of the gutter margin. Our limitation for thickness on this method of binding is about 3/8″. As you can see in the photo to the left, the side sewn binding will not lay flat, but will be held together very securely. This is also an approved Library Binding Institute method. We use this for children’s books, photobooks, year books and many other editions which are less than 3/8″ thickness.

side sewn photobook

An open view of a side sewn photo book

Side Sewn Specifications & Delivery Instructions

Min size book block” 4″ x 5″
Max size: 12″ x 14″
Thickness: Min 0.0875″, Max: 0.375″
Thread sewn in from spine: 1/4″
Gutter allowance: 5/8″
Works well for coated or uncoated papers up to around 3/8″ thickness
How to deliver to bindery:
1-up books with 1/8″ to 1/4″ extra on top, bottom and face edge + no extra on spine edge . The bindery will side sew in 1/4″ from the edge provided. Always use a brightly colored slip sheet divider between each set of books.

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