Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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saddle sewing

The process of sewing a section, e.g., a periodical issue or pamphlet, through the center fold by means of thread. The term "saddle" derives from the SADDLE of the machine. Saddle sewing affords full openability of the section, i.e., to the gutter of the binding margin. Saddle sewing may also be done by hand, usually employing a figure-eight stitch, but it is more often done by machine, usually one which has the capability of varying the length of the stitch. Cf: SADDLE STITCHING .

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