Create a Half Fold Using Letter-size Paper Along the 11″ Side
There are many reasons why you may want to half fold paper along the 11″ side of a letter-size sheet of paper. Some USPS mailing applications require it, some literature looks good with this fold and there are many other reasons that come into play. Many people ask, “Is there a machine that can half fold letter size paper along the 11″ side?” The answer to this is yes. There are many machines that can do this. Let me explain how and exactly which machines can do it.
The half fold, often called the single fold or V fold, is essentially a sheet of paper folded in half. The fold goes down the entire center of the width of a sheet of paper. About 99% of people that half fold paper do it across the narrow width of the paper, regardless of whether the paper is letter size, 11″ x 17″ or 12″ x 18″. Every so often people ask if a single fold can be done along the widest axis of a sheet of paper using a paper folding machine.
This type of fold is often done manually, but when it needs to be done on a scale of hundreds to thousands per day, a folding machine simplifies and speeds up the process. There are a few requirements you will need in a paper folding machine in order to do this. The first is you need a paper folding machine that can handle at least 11″ x 17″ paper. This is because you need to feed the letter-size paper with the 11″ side facing the friction feed wheels (or air suction apparatus if using a pneumatic folding machine).
The first folding plate needs to be completely blocked off, which is the process when single folding letter size paper along the 8 ½” width. The second folding plate needs to be set at 4.25″, which is half of the 8 ½” length. These two settings should allow your 11″ x 17″ or 12″ x 18″ paper folding machine to complete the fold.
Not all paper folding machines are capable of handling letter size paper fed in the “wrong” way. I recommend having us either test a sheet of paper on the machine you would like to use or let us confirm compliance with the manufacturer prior to making a purchase. This way we can ensure the machine works properly.
I have tested the half fold on 8 ½” x 11″ paper along the 11″ side on four machines and can confirm that they will work for you. These machines are:
All four of these paper folding machines are some of the best available and can easily handle larger sheets of paper, making them perfect for folding letter size paper along the 11″ side. The results are clean, crisp and professional. All four of these machines are also capable of folding paper on a large scale, up to hundreds or even thousands a day.
If you are curious as to whether one of our machines will handle your unique half fold, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We are more than happy to answer your questions. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.