What Is A Cross Fold / French Fold?

Dynafold Paper Folder DE-322AF (Cross Fold Capable)I have seen an increase lately in customers asking me what a cross fold / French fold is. This type of fold is considered to be one of the toughest folds to do on a paper folding machine. These are the steps involved in creating a cross fold.

To start, you will need a paper folding machine capable of doing a cross fold. This type of fold is sometimes called a cross fold, a right fold or a French fold. These are all the same types of fold. Most paper folders will indicate in the specifications the types of fold they are able to handle.

This is an example of a cross fold:

Example of a Cross Fold / French Fold

The first step in creating a cross fold is to do a single fold (aka V Fold). This is what a single fold looks like:

Example of a V Fold or a Single Fold

The second step involves taking the single-folded document and running it through the paper folding machine again, doing another single fold. The end result is a cross fold.

There are some very elaborate variations of the cross fold. One I have seen is a letter-folded document that is then folded in half again. Keep in mind that the more folds created, the more strain that is placed on the paper folding machine.

A map is a good example of a custom cross fold:

Cross Fold / Map Fold

If you are curious about whether or not a folding machine can create your custom cross fold, you can either call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our paper folding specialists or you can have us try out the fold on the machine in question.

We stock most of the paper folding machines we sell. This means we can easily break one out of a box and try your custom fold prior to you making a purchase. This way you will know for sure that the machine will work for you.

You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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