Arvest Press Inc.

252R Calvary Street
Waltham, MA 0245

Fax: 781.894.4434

Open Monday thru Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm


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Arvest Impressions:

An inside look at the printing process

In Armenian, the word Arvest means "art". At Arvest Press we love what we do, and treat each new printing project with the artistic care of a skilled craftsperson. This passion translates to a high level of customer satisfaction, and top quality products.
The Finishing Touches: A Stitch in-line Saves Time


Saddle Stitching:


You may have heard the term saddle-stitch but aren't sure what it means. Saddle stitching is the method and device used to assemble a booklet after it's been printed. The pages are gathered at the fold and then stapled together. The term saddle-stitch comes from the way the booklet is placed on a triangular base with one edge hanging to the right and one to the left, like a saddle on a horse, while the staples are inserted.


There is more to the process than just simply stapling the books together. There are manual stitchers for small jobs, but for larger runs of booklets, an automated machine is the way to go. The process itself is pretty impressive.


Once the pages have been printed, they are sent to the stitcher either as pre-collated books, or they can be gathered by an automated collater. The group of pages is shuttled to a jogger, which aligns the pages, and stopped for the stitching. The reason the process is called stitching is because the metal material that will eventually be the staple comes on a spool, like sewing thread. The metal is weaved into the pages, cut and then pressed down so it resembles a staple.


Pages in place, the booklet is then conveyed to the in-line folder where it is folded in half. It is important that the outside edges of the booklet, or the "face", has at least a quarter of an inch edge to it. As the book is folded in half, a cutter will give the book a Face-trim so that the outside edge of the booklet is even as well. Some machines have three cutters, and will trim the top and bottom edges and then the face. Others will jog the sides so they are even before the stitch, fold the booklet and then do the face trim. The result, either way, is a nice, even, stapled booklet.


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