GUIDELINES FOR SMALL EDITION BINDING
UP TO 2,000 COPIES

                 

Before we can begin work on a project we must have all materials to be provided by the customer and all information concerning the job, including: quantity, trim size, cover material, leaf attachment, headbands, endsheets, foil color, stamping instructions & layout, artwork for dies, and any other special instructions. Use our Small Editions Questionaire for help in itemizing these decisions. A workable Dummy Book or set of signatures using the correct paper should be provided by the customer to avoid any misunderstandings and aid in pre-production set-ups. 

  • SIGNATURES TO BE SMYTH SEWN:
          Must be printed with grain direction parallel to the binding edge (vertical on the book)
          Should be between 16 and 32 pages each, depending on the weight of the paper
          Must have at least 1/4" sewing lip (signature folded off center) on the high folio side
          Should be folded and gathered into complete books except for first and last signatures
          Must allow for at least 1/8" trim on top, bottom and foredge of book

  • SINGLE SHEETS :
          Will be either oversewn, side sewn or double fan adhesive bound at our discretion.
          Must have grain direction of paper parallel to the binding edge (vertical on the book)
          Must have at least a 1/2" binding margin (3/4" or 1" is better)
          Should allow for at least a 1/8" trim on top, bottom and front of book
          Should have image printed with top & left margins pre-set if oversized paper is used.
          This eliminates pre-trimming of the binding edge before binding

  • TIP-INS:
          Should be between signatures. Must be the same height as untrimmed signatures.

  • ENDSHEETS PROVIDED BY CUSTOMER:
          Must have grain direction parallel to the fold
          Must come to us folded or customer will be charged for folding
          Must be as large as untrimmed signatures
          Should be 70# to 80# text weight or 65# cover weight paper

  • ARTWORK FOR STAMPING DIES:
          Must be photo ready black & white, negatives or digital files 
          Can be enlarged or reduced to your specifications
          Must be accompanied by a layout or instructions for placement of images

  • STAMPING DIES PROVIDED BY CUSTOMER:
          Must be flat, foil stamping dies (not printing dies)
          Must be deep etched and routed-out for extra depth
          Should be made with 1/4" material

KATER-CRAFTS reserves the right to reject any unsuitable materials provided by the customer. Failure to conform to any of the above guidelines may result in delays in production and/or extra charges to the customer.

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4860 GREGG ROAD, PICO RIVERA, CALIFORNIA 90660-2199
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