Pin-hole perforating

What is pin-hole perforating?  Pin-hole perforating is perforating but with a difference.  Round “holes” of paper are actually removed.  You’ll recall that (Postage stamps are minimally used) were pin-hole perforated. The commonest uses are for “postage-stamps” as pictured in #1,3,4,6,8,9,10 and 11. Other application for “pin-hole perforating,” would be for coupons (picture #7), wraps (picture #13), tear-off panels (picture #14)…

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Clipboards

What do clipboards have to do with a bindery; more than you might think! Clipboards can be a marketing/sales tool. The “board” can be made of metal (see picture #22), plastic, wood or slate. As you can see from these pictures the “clip” portion can be metal or plastic; various colours, various styles, various surface textures and various opening mechanism…let…

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Plasticoil

What is “plasticoil” binding.  Plasticoil binding is a plastic spring which is inserted into PUNCHED paper that has a line of punched holes.  Ninety-nine percent of the holes are round.  Sometimes (only rarely) there are holes that are flat on 2 sides and rounded at the ends. Plasticoil is one of four styles of binding called “Mechanical binding” that are…

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Sunken Labels

What are sunken labels (or embossed position)? Labels that are “sunken” or labels in a “debossed position” are labels (of any shape) that are glued into the cover of a book at the “bottom” of a embossed “valley” which has been embossed “stamped” previously into the cover. The following pictures show various sizes and shapes of labels. If for instance…

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Book in a Box

This project required creative input, a very fast turnaround and tremendous attention to detail. The image below shows a fabric casewrapped, casebound book that is housed inside the box. The next image shows a long black satin ribbon, which is positioned under the book. The client requested that the book fit tightly inside the box. How can the user get…

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Side Sewing

About a year ago, I did a blog posting on Side Sewing. I’m repeating the topic but not the details! For the past year, we have (as we always do) responded to market demands and we have added 5 new improvements and, in addition, solved a problem! The image below is a Side Sewn book that is 1) thicker than…

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Exposed Smythe

What are Exposed Smythe Sewn Books? This style of binding has no cover on the spine. One the spine, all you see is folded sections, thread and glue. The image below is the first we ever bound in this style for a major Toronto printer. Since then, we have done several. I’ve said before that I’m not smart enough to…

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Edge Cut Books

What are Edge Cut Books? Simply, they are the open edges of a bound book (can be perfect-bound, saddle stitched or case bound styles) that are die-cut or “roughed” or roughly “SAWN” or roughly “slit”. The first two pictures are of a book that was PMC die-cut on all three sides. The next image shows the same PMC style die-cut…

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Ribbon Bookmarks

What do Ribbons have to do with books? In our shop, we see a lot of Ribbons; they’re used as bookmarks. As you can see from the following three images, Ribbon Bookmarks have widths ranging from 1/4” to 3/4” wide and come in thousands of textures, colours and patterns. Ribbon Bookmark ends can be angle cut as the image below…

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Remoistenable Glue

What is Remoistenable Glue? Traditionally, it is the glue that you lick (or remoisten) on an envelope flap. The vast majority of Remoistenable Glue applications are done by envelope manufacturers and by printers for multi-coloured pieces that are printed on a full web press. The type of glue used in these applications is a cold glue Remoistenable Glue that is…

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