MyBinding Knowledge Base
How to Use a Coil Binding Machine
Not every coil binding machine is the same, but this should help you with the basic steps and go over some common features found in coil binding machines. You can purchase machines with and without and inserter--if you are still needing to purchase a machine, this is important to note. Having an inserter speeds up the binding process by quite a bit, though coil is great because it can be bound by hand as well. That being said, these are the steps to binding a document:
1. Before you begin, determine what size coil binding you will need using our sizing guide.
2. Start with a scratch paper(the same size as your project). Adjust the edge guide for the size paper you have, then insert the page and make a punch. Now fold the page in half to see if your holes line up. If the holes are evenly aligned while folded, then you can move on. If not, then make more adjustments until they are. This will give you the most presentable project.
If your machine has disengageable die pins and the machine is punching through the edge of your project, then find the correct pins and pull them out. By doing this, that hole will not be punched. Having disengageable die pins allows you to do any custom sized project. If you don't have them, your machine is probably set up for one standard size.
Your machine may also have a depth of margin control. The depth of margin controls the distance from the edge of the page to the punched holes. You will want a smaller depth for thinner books, this way the pages turn well. Use a thicker depth for thicker books where there is more room within the coil binding. This will help provide a stronger hold for those larger books.
3. To begin a real project, first properly align your front and back cover and punch them. Set them aside.
4. Continue to punch your entire project in order. Punch an amount that is comfortable for you, or one that does not exceed the machine's limit. Do this until all pages are punched.
5. Order your project with the front and back cover in place. If you only have a machine with a punch and no inserter, then twist the coil into the holes of the pages all the way. Make sure the coil extends past both ends of the project.
If you have an inserter on your machine, first twist the coil into 4-5 holes. Then, with the inserter on, place the coil against the roller. This will spin the coil through all the holes much quicker than doing it by hand. Again, make sure the coil extends past both ends of the project.
6. Now take coil cutting crimpers and trim the edges. We recommend watching the video on how it is done: How to Use Coil Cutting Crimpers. In summary, the dot should be facing up when you make the cut, and you should trim above the last hole on the right. Flip the project around and trim the other side(which will now be on the right since you flipped it). At this point you will have a finish project!
I don't usually make direct recommendations, but if you are making a lot of books, then you should check out the Rhin-O-Tuff 3000. It's a higher end machine, but it not only has an electric inserter(and electric punch), but it also has an automatic crimper! Automatic crimpers are rare to find on a coil binding machine, and it is an excellent feature!
< 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)