For all your binding and print finishing publications, we offer a range of book binding and print finishing services to the trade, priding ourselves on providing the highest quality work and a fast, reliable & flexible service.

  • Perfect Binding
  • Burst Binding
  • PUR Binding
  • Thread Sewn Binding
  • Thread sewing from A6 portrait up to 320 x 240mm portrait
  • Folding up to B1 size across two Stahl Folding Machines
  • Guilloting up to B1 across two Polar Guillotines

Perfect binding

Perfect binding puts all the pages or signatures together, roughens and flattens the edge and then a flexible adhesive attaches the paper cover to the spine. Paperback novels are one example of perfect binding.

Booklets, telephone directories, and some magazines use perfect binding methods. Compared to other binding methods, perfect binding is quite durable and has a low to medium cost. It can be used with publications that are several inches thick.

Burst binding

Burst binding is performed by removing a small slot from the spine of the text at folding stage, so no allowance needs to be made in the spine. The adhesive flows through the slot to give added strength to the book. It is most important that the slot removal operation is performed correctly and consistently during the folding stage.

PUR Binding

PUR (polyurethane reactive) glue is the most durable binding glue available, offering design flexibility for any number of applications, including catalogues, instruction manuals and art books.

PUR adhesives differ from conventional EVA hot melts, once cured the adhesive's higher molecular weight provides a tough, pliable bond that is resistant to temperature extremes.

PUR adhesive is impervious to temperature extremes. The page pull strength of a PUR-bound book is more than 2.5 times that of a standard perfect-bound book using EVA adhesive. Books bound with PUR adhesive simply will not fall apart, even under heavy usage in the most demanding conditions.

Thread Sewing

Thread sewing (otherwise known as section sewing) we sew through the spine of each signature with a single thread thus enhancing the strength and quality of the book and enabling it to lay flat open. Typically section sewing is applied for books that require heavy usage for an extended period of time, such as: text books, catalogue & brochures, library books, and religious publications.

When looking for the most durable binding method for soft covers books with heavy coated stock, thread sewn soft cover is the way to go.

Please note and adhere to the following points when planning your next sewing job:

  • All sections must have a 10mm lap edge on the front half of each section.
  • Printing lay and position of print on sheets must be uniform on all sections.
  • When sections are folded they must all be the same size head to tail.
  • All sections must have collation marks printed in the correct sequence on the spine of each section.
  • 16pp or 8pp sections are required for sewing, if printing 4pp sections these need to be front or back of book.

Loop Stitching

We can now offer Loop Stiching on our Muller Martini Presto stitching line


*Top tip! … to achieve a lay flat open book with all methods of book binding ensure that the paper grain direction runs head to tail.

Call 01202 828877 today to discover how New Forest Binding can resolve your Binding and Thread Sewing issues. Our friendly team will be happy to discuss your requirements and to recommend the most cost effective and appropriate solution.

Alternatively, visit the contact us page for futher information.