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THREAD SEWN & EXPOSED THREAD BROCHURES

Thread sewing (also known as singer sewing or exposed thread sewing) is one of the most trendy and durable binding methods for brochure printing.

What is thread sewn printing?

Thread sewn brochures and books have a spine that is literally sewn together with thread, using a specially adapted version of a traditional Singer sewing machine!

Each section is collated and folded, then sewn together using thread to form a secure and robust bound brochure.

Threads sewn into the spine can either be hidden with a PUR-glued cover, or exposed to create a beautiful stitching pattern. This is especially effective when using a thread colour which contrasts with the colour of the cover (see images in the gallery below).

What are the advantages of thread sewn bound brochures?

Apart from being utterly beautiful, the benefits of thread sewn brochures are:

  • Strength: thread sewn brochures are considerably stronger than stapled or perfect bound spines
  • Durability: thread sewn brochures last for an incredibly long time
  • Layflat: thread sewn brochures open out almost completely flat without damaging the spine
  • Flexibility: thread sewing can be used to add strength to hardback and softback books, or perfect bound brochures

What are common uses for thread sewn printing?

  • Notebooks
  • Manuals
  • Guidebooks
  • Luxury brochures
  • Books
  • Look books

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is thread sewing the same as Singer sewing?

Yes, it is exactly the same; just printer’s jargon I’m afraid! Singer sewing refers to the Singer sewing machines commonly used to sew the threads through the spine.

Section-sewing is the term usually used for the ‘hidden’ method, where sections are sewn together with thread but then a cover is glued onto the spine like a traditional perfect-bound brochure (Section sewing is basically a reinforced perfect-bound spine!)

It isn’t the same as saddle-stitched binding though – that’s the technical term for stapling.

Are there enough pages in my brochure for a Singer-sewn spine?

You’ll need at least 8 pages for a Singer sewn thread spine although it’s best suited to brochures with more pages. If you’re looking for section-sewing, the same applies as for perfect binding (IE usually around 32pp but this depends on the paper thickness).

Contact our team to discuss the best binding method for your publication.

Can I have a small volume of thread sewn brochures printed?

Yes, our printing facility enables us to produce as few as 50 thread-sewn brochures. However, it’s much more cost-effective for higher quantities.

What paper specification is best for a saddle stitched brochure?

It probably goes without saying that thread sewn books, catalogues and brochures work best with a sturdy cover (350gsm – 400gsm) and a thinner text paper (130gsm – 200gsm are the best options). This will give you the perfect blend of durability, cost-efficiency and quality.

Thread sewn brochures are suitable for all paper options. Often, we find that catalogues and magazines are best on a gloss paper. Brochures, look books, guides etc are usually printed on a silk paper (less sheen than a gloss). For a touch of class and to give your brochure a ‘natural’ feel, go for a tactile uncoated paper.

For cover materials, consider speciality papers such as the GF Smith range. These are top-quality materials with a luxury feel, including a range of embossed surfaces and colours.

Ask us for samples to help you decide which is best for you.

Are thread sewn brochures durable?

Thread sewing is considered to be the ultimate binding method for durability. It is often used for books, manuals, notebooks and other publications which will have a lot of use over a long period of time.

If you’re looking for a strong and long-lasting publication, this binding method is the one for you.

What printing techniques and special finishes can I use with thread sewn books and brochures?

We always recommend a lamination for the cover to protect it and keep it looking tidy. You can choose from the standard matt or gloss, or go for a spot of luxury with soft-touch velvet lamination – truly irresistible! For extra protection (especially if you have a lot of dark colouring on the cover) then we recommend our anti-scuff matt laminate which is much more resistant to finger prints, scratches and marks.

You can also consider using special papers such as GF Smith to create a unique and luxury cover. Have a look at our Cavanna Homes and Yorton brochures for good examples of this.

The beauty of these covers is that you can choose an additional print finish or two to embellish it. Spot UV varnish works really well on top of matt and soft-touch laminations, and you can see examples here. Spot UV varnish on an uncoated cover has a really impressive effect too and you can see an example here.

Foil Blocking is also a really stunning visual effect and comes in a variety of colours and patterns, including holographic foil. You can read more about foil block printing here.

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