Does a sewn booklet need to be printed differently from a stapled one?

I am making a booklet. I am going to sew the pages together instead of having my printers’ staple it.

I am aware that when a booklet is intended for stapling, a calculation is made and the design is shifted slightly once at the printers’, to account for the shift that will later on be caused by the binding method.

Does sewing also cause this kind of shift? Does the design need to be shifted at the printers’ or not? Should I tell them not to shift the design, or do stapled and sewn binding both cause the same shift?


All books employ Creep. Creep is the process of moving each page slightly closer to the outer edge to compensate for the gutter at the binding.

The amount of Creep necessary depends upon the weight of the stock used and number of pages. It’s a mathematic formula to determine how much the printing should shift from start to center.

I am unclear if you mean you are going to saddle-stitch with thread as opposed to staples, or if you intend to perfect bind with thread. Perfect binding and saddle stitching are configured differently in terns of production. There are many possible options. I’d suggest you speak with a production house about what you want to do and listen to their recommendations based upon your specific project.

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