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How to staple booklets in the middle

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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

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.

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

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Long-arm stapler
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Ashley Kurz, a full-time professional writer since 2009, publishes on various informational websites. An expert in the craft field specializing in craft-related topics, Kurz has taught arts and crafts for group therapy sessions.