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Pease Bindery
111 Oakcreek Drive
Lincoln, NE 68528
Phone: (402) 476-1303
Fax: (402) 476-2978



Beautiful Smyth Sewn Products Are Manufactured to Last

Smyth sewing is the strongest and most durable method off binding pages together. At Pease Bindery, we routinely Smyth sew projects designed for long-life, heavy-use and eye-catching appeal. Common applications include art and photography books, case-bound directories and children’s books.

Designed to withstand prolonged stress, Smyth sewing is the ideal solution for any product subject to repetitive usage. In addition to its renown strength, another key advantage of Smyth sewing is books bound this way open and lay flatter than just about any binding style, other than mechanical binding.

To ensure your Smyth sewn books are manufactured to last, here are some guidelines to keep in mind during the planning stage:

  • Apply only light perfing – Printers may need to perforate the signature folds on larger page count signatures to remove air during folding. If perorating is required for Smyth sewn projects, the perforations should be “lightly” (more paper than perforation) applied to the head. The spine cannot be perforated or the integrity of the signature is compromised during the Smyth sewing process.

  • Uniform signatures are a must – To run as efficiently as possible, signatures must be the same size and have the same trim margins. Without uniform signatures, projects may require costly and time-consuming hand production.

  • Grain direction points the way – Paper expands after the binding process is complete as moisture enters the paper fibers. Therefore, print your signatures with the grain direction of all forms running parallel to the spine. Paper grain running perpendicular to the spine will restrict this natural expansion, causing distortion to the spine text pages often appearing as waviness.

  • Glue adds extra strength – A thin layer of glue is applied to the spine of the sewn signatures after each signature is sewn together. This is called 'back gluing' or 'gluing off' and offers additional strength and durability to the book by locking the signatures together and preventing the threads from unraveling. To ensure proper glue adhesion, be sure to leave an area free from inks and coatings of at least 1/16" on both sides of the spine area.

About Pease Bindery
At Pease Bindery, we can produce a wide range of Smyth sewn book sizes with both hard and soft covers. We offer numerous decorative options for your covers, including foil stamping, film laminating, and cloth and imitation leather materials. Contact the binding experts at Pease for help with planning your next book project.

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