How to staple booklets in the middle

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How to staple booklets in the middle
Make professional-looking booklets with saddle stitching. (Dynamic Graphics/Dynamic Graphics Group/Getty Images)

Making up booklets for your business or for personal use at home is a way to save the cost of a professional printing company. Printing the booklets is easily done using a good word-processing or publishing program, but properly binding them also is an important part of a polished and professional presentation. Stapling the spine of the booklet in the middle is called saddle stitching, and is used for commercial booklets and thin magazines.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Ruler
  • Long-arm stapler

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the width of the booklet with a ruler to find the centre.

  2. 2

    Fold the booklet in the centre and crease it crisply with the tip of your finger.

  3. 3

    Unfold the booklet and place it with the outside cover facing upward, into the long arm stapler. Position it so the head of the stapler is directly over the centre of the fold and so the staple will run along the fold.

  4. 4

    Repeat this process to place staples every 2 inches along the fold.

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