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Top 8 Most Common Types Of Paper Folds

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

When shopping around for a paper folding machine, you have probably seen under the specifications the various types of folds the machine can create. While this information is extremely useful, many of you may not be aware of or familiar with what these folds are. I have put together a list of the 8 most common folds used today.

Keep in mind that not all paper folding machines can create all types of folds. Some are limited to a couple of common fold types, while others are limited to specific sizes of paper. Most paper folding machines can handle what’s known as a letter fold (C Fold) and an accordion fold (Z Fold). Be aware that many of these common folds go by multiple names.

Top 8 Most Common Types Of Paper Folds

Letter Fold (C Fold)

Letter Fold

Accordion Fold (Z Fold)

Accordian Fold aka Z Fold

Single Fold (V Fold)

Single Fold aka V Fold

Double Parallel Fold

Double Parallel Fold
Engineering Fold (Half Accordion)

Engineering Fold (Half Accordion Fold)

Cross Fold (French Fold)

Cross Fold aka French Fold
Baronial Fold

Baronial Fold

Gate Fold

Gate Fold

So there you have the most common types of folds done by paper folding machines. While these are the most common folds performed by machines today, most paper folding machines can be set up for other non-traditional and custom folds.

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

What Is A Cross Fold / French Fold?

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

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.

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