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“Rickard Bindery’s loop stitching services won’t make you loopy” – Gary Junge, Estimating Manager

Loop Stitching

At Rickard Bindery, we believe in a motion sickness-free loop experience. Unlike loopy things in theme parks and other crazy places, our loop-stitched products are safe for use in binders, retail stores, offices and life.

Welcome to this month’s issue of our continuing Helpful Hints series. If you have any comments about today’s topic or suggestions for future ones, please let us know by e-mailing Kevin Rickard.

Loop stitches ingeniously solve a persnickety problem for people who depend on loose-leaf binders. Even with oodles of technology available, there’s still no better way to showcase products like paint chips and carpet samples than the salesman’s best friend; the loose-leaf binder. The question is, “how do you make loose-leaf bound booklets as easy to use as possible?” Drilling or loop stitching?

loop stitching at Rickard Bindery

Loop stitching at Rickard Bindery

Drilled booklets don’t work well with loose-leaf binders because their pages neither turn easily nor lie flat. On the other hand, friction-free loop stitched products create a positive user experience. Pages bound in loop stitched booklets turn easily and lie flat, allowing the customer to choose the product that’s right for them. Loop stitching means consumers don’t have to open the loose leaf rings, pull out the product sample booklet, make their choice, put the booklet back (probably in the wrong place), snap the loose-leaf ring shut catching their finger causing them to walk out the store without buying anything, muttering an explicative under their breath, contemplating a law suit.

Now, why turn the end user’s world upside down and choose drill holes that don’t work nearly as well as loop stitches?

The Latest Rickard Bindery Video

Here’s an 84-second video of Rickard Bindery’s estimating team leader, Gary Junge, showing some examples of loop stitched products perfect for insertion into loose-leaf binders.

The Big Five

  1. Basics. Instead of saddle stitches lying flush to the booklet’s spine, loop stitches allow bound pages to easily slide through the rings of loose-leaf binders.
  2. Benefits. Ring binders remain a popular way to house a lot of information. Loop stitching is an ideal booklet binding method for bound material meant for insertion and use in ring binders. Unlike drilled booklets, looped stitched bound booklets open easily and lie flat in an open binder.
  3. Variants. Standard loop stitched heads create 6mm loops. Rickard Bindery also offers an oversized stitching head option creating larger 8mm loops.
  4. Max & mins. Your book thickness should not exceed 3/16-inch for 6mm stitches or 1/8-inch for 8mm stitches.
  5. Shop talk. Loop stitching typically requires a higher spoilage allowance than regular saddle stitching.

The Rickard Bindery Loop Stitching Advantage

Rickard Bindery offers high quality loop stitching services. The company also offers saddle stitching, pasted spine booklets, small-format and specialty folding, gluing and attaching, string tying and much more. With 117 years of post press experience, Rickard Bindery is poised to serve your all your bindery and finishing needs. Contact our friendly, knowledgeable staff to discuss your next project.