Stitch Binding binds printed sheets folded in the middle. One or several wire staples or eyelets are driven through the fold line from the outside to the inside and clinched, thus stapling the printed sheets together. This method can be used to bind two up to approximately 50 printed sheets.
The grammage of the paper will determine the maximum number of sheets. Stitch Binding is frequently used to bind product presentations, periodicals and magazines. It is a relatively inexpensive binding method. Since binding is done by machine this method is well suited to large print runs. However, it is equally suited to small numbers. Stitch or eyelets are usually silver in colour but other colours are available.
The Stitch Binding goes back to the French King Louis XIV, who invented this method. In 1841, Samuel Slocum filed a patent application for Stitch Binding.