In a Bind

At DuMond Printing, we have different ways to bind your multi-page project.

  • Hole punch
  • Coil
  • Saddlestitch
  • Staple
  • Perfect bind
  • Hardcover

The nature of the project generally determines the binding.

If you have a notebook, whether it has three rings or seven rings or any other number, we can punch the proper holes for you to file the document in your binder. If it is not a standard three-ring binder, we ask that you bring it to the shop so we can determine proper placement of the holes. Documents with any number of pages can be handled in a binder of the correct size.


When we copy reports for businesses, municipalities, or organizations we frequently coil bind them.


Generally we use a blank sheet of 110# index for the back and a sheet of Mylar on the front. The sheet under the Mylar can either be printed on the same media as the back, or it can be simply the text weight of the remainder of the document. This form of binding is simple and relatively inexpensive.

This binding also works for short family histories or photos of trips and the like. Most commonly, these documents range from 20 pages to 80 or so.

We have coil bound documents with 180 pages, but that’s pushing the envelope.  The nature of the coil makes it so the outer edge is never flat, but rounded, following the shape of the coil.


Calendars generally fold in half and are stapled in the fold. That’s a saddlestitch.

Trimming Thick Document If your document is thirty-two pages or fewer, we can saddlestitch it. Thirty two pages translates to eight sheets. Printed front and back, we get four pages to a sheet of paper.

To saddlestitch any thing thicker presents multiple problems. It begins with the standard staple not being long enough to hold properly on the greater thickness and ends with the outer edge being uneven through the thickness of the project. This is called “shingling“. See the diagram to the left of the “book before trimming”.

When we trim the outer edge, we lose margin on the inside pages. This graphic calls it a book. We generally refer to it as a booklet. Notice how the margins are different between the front page and the middle page after trimming. If there has not been sufficient margin left on the center pages, we risk trimming off some of the content of the center pages.


stapled invoice bookPerhaps you don’t need a document to read, but a book of sales slips or invoices. These can be stapled with a wire stitcher.

Generally these are multi-part forms of carbonless paper. If it is more than a two-part form, we do not recommend stapling more than 25 sets in a book.

Simplest form is simply stapled with light cardboard (chipboard) on the back and 110# index on the front with a chipboard insert to keep your writing from transferring to the next form set down.

wrap_forms_illus-1However,  we sometimes do a full wrap cover. The cardstock cover paper is cut to a length twice the length of the document plus twice the thickness of the document plus one-half inch. We crease the cover stock at one inch from the end, then the thickness measurement plus one inch, then the length of the document from that crease, then the thickness measurement from that.

When the cover is closed, its edge slides up under the cover stock at the top til it meets the staples. When you are ready to use the forms, the cover simply slides under the top form and creates a barrier to keep your writing  from marring the next form down.

These are the most frequently used bindings in our shop. While we have the capability to perfect bind and hard bind, we have much less frequent call for those bindings and will discuss them in another post.


214 West Commercial
Lyons, KS 67554




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