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Pease Bindery
111 Oakcreek Drive
Lincoln, NE 68528
Phone: (402) 476-1303
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Pease Provides Answers to Three Common Binding Questions

If you choose to supply your own endsheets, let Pease help you specify a stock that offers ample strength without compromising appearance.

At Pease Bindery we see ourselves as a complete case binding and print finishing solution provider. This means we not only provide our customers with services such as case binding and Smyth sewing, but also sound advice based on years of industry experience. No question is too difficult for Pease Bindery's experts to answer, so we are going to tackle three of the most frequently asked questions by customers preparing their projects for bookbinding.

Question #1: Can I perf signatures prior to Smyth sewing?

Perforating signatures allows air to escape during folding to help prevent text page wrinkling. Perfs can be made to Smyth-sewn signatures; not on the spine and preferably on the head. Perforations on the spine remove too much paper to allow the sewn threads to hold signatures together. Instead, light perforations can be made at the head. At Pease, we recommend a 75/25 paper-to-perforation ratio offering the best balance of air release maintaining adequate strength for opening each signature during the smyth sewing process.

Question #2: How should I collate/fold my signatures?

If you have the capabilities, you can save time and money by performing your own signature folding and collating. For sewn books, signatures are stacked to form the book block. In some cases, smaller signatures (such as those with four or eight pages) can be nested in preparation for binding. Nested signatures will require a different imposition than stacked signatures, so let Pease Bindery help you create an appropriate layout for your project.

Although Pease Bindery accepts all standard folding styles, the final fold for signature must result in a closed head. Signatures should also have a 3/8" lip on the low folio.

Question #3: Can I supply my own endsheet stock?

The endsheet is a critical component of a hardcover book, as it secures the cover to the book block. If you choose to supply your own endsheet stock, it must meet certain minimum requirements to provide the proper amount of strength. We recommend an uncoated white or cream cover-weight stock of at least 65lb (Pease Bindery’s house endsheet stock is an uncoated 67lb. cover weight Springhill Vellum Bristol).

If you choose to supply printed or colored endsheets less than 65# cover weight, keep in mind any imperfections in the adhesive application to secure them to the cover may show through. Feel free to contact us during project planning if you have additional questions about specifying an endsheet stock.

The Pease Advantage
Pease Bindery has been providing strong binding solutions since 1912. Over the years, we’ve gained a library of experience that we’re eager to share with our customers. We encourage you to involve us in project planning to ensure your books meet all of your expectations.

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