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How can I make a spiral notebook without a machine?
Who needs an expensive binding machine? If you are doing a small number of documents, you can easily get away with doing the binding by hand.
Here are a few tips on how to make a spiral bound book without a machine.
1. Why Spiral Coil? The first thing you will have to decide when you are doing your own machineless spiral coil binding is if spiral coil is truly the way you want to go.
Spiral coil has a lot of advantages, such as:
- The books you bind in this style can wrap around completely, which is great for functionality.
- These types of books are also very durable, utilizing as they do (in most cases) four holes per inch of paper (also known as a 4:1 pitch ratio), with a spine that winds through all of the pages. This will help to ensure that pages won’t tear from your documents, and if you add a laminated cover and/or pages, you are looking at a booklet that will stand the test of time and that can be handled by a lot of people and stay together. This is why you often see large and busy restaurants using the spiral coil system for their menus.
2. What Type Of Coil? In general, you will have much better luck using plastic coils rather than the metal types that you often see in school notebooks. Another benefit to plastic coil is that it comes in a wide selection of colors to match your project.
When you start looking around at different spines, you will notice that there are a few different types out there.
- For one, there is the standard plastic coil that either can be inserted by hand or by a machine.
- If you go this route, make note that you will be a lot more successful if you purchase some crimping pliers to make sure that your spine stays put.
- Winding the spine by hand is certainly doable, but if you value your sanity, you don’t want to find yourself hand-winding a large number of books. GBC makes what is called the Proclick spine, which can be found in several different colors and sizes, and more importantly, can be easily reopened and closed if you need to take pages out and replace them (this is also known as editability. GBC also provides a system they call ZipBind, which are fairly similar to ProClick in that they are also easily editable. Last but not least, there is a company called Komtrak that makes what they call the Inspiral Info-Bind that easily winds through properly punched paper and features a plastic clip that goes in the end of the coil binding spine and makes sure that the spine stays in place and makes the booklet easily editable as well.
3. What Kind of Paper? If you are truly committed to machineless binding, you will have to find paper that has already been punched in the style of binding that you have chosen.
If you are using a standard size coil, you will want to order paper that had been punched in a 4:1 pitch ratio. This is what you will find the most readily available. Some of the other styles mentioned above use paper that has been punched in different, sometimes proprietary styles. Just make sure that your hole pattern matches the pine you are using, and the rest is a piece of cake.
Watch the video to learn more about the Proclick Spine method.
Transcript: Welcome to MyBinding video. This is everything you need to know about ProClick spines. There are few different sizes, ranging from 5/16” to 5/8”. With a larger size, you can fit up to 125 pages into your book. They come in a standard 11” length but there’s also a half size, 8.5”. A nice thing about this binding is that it lays flat. Not only that but it even lays back to back. The best part is that you can edit it anywhere, with or without the tool. To close it, pinch the end of the tool and swipe. To open it, slide the other end through. There are a few machines out there to do this for you too. They have the 3:1 pitch punch pattern, which means there are 32 holes exactly like the 3:1 twin loop wire. You can even use the same punching machine. With all its convenience, it’s only sold in a few colors. And that is the ProClick spines. For more demos, reviews and how-to’s, go to MyBinding.com.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)