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Spiral Coil Binding Basics
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. Spiral Coil Binding Machines are availble with and without an electric inserter. 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.
1.Determine what size coil binding you will need using our sizing guide. All of the sizing guides are based off of 20# paper , for heavier weight stock you will want to go by the physical thickness of the completed document. General rule of thumb is to add 4mm (1/8") to the thickness of your completed book ( including covers) to determine the size of spine that you will need.
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 your project, first properly align your front and back cover and punch them one at a time. Set them aside.
4. Continue to punch your entire project in order. Punch an amount that is comfortable for you and 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!
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Transcript of video:
Welcome to MyBinding's How To video. Today's question is how to spiral bind papers. Spiral binding, as it's commonly known, is actually referred to as coil binding in the binding industry. And that is simply taking papers and a cover, a spiral shaped bind, or a coil bind, and putting them all together for a great looking presentation. As you would imagine, there are many coil binding machines and systems on the market today. We'll use the iCoil 41 by Akiles to do a demonstration step-by-step of how to bind a book with a spiral, or a coil, bind. We picked this small scale machine to use because it contains all the steps of the process of coil binding, including an electronic coil inserter. The first step is to take the covers of your project, put the side that's to be punched into the punching throat of the machine on the back side. Here's where you adjust the side margin control to set the machine so that all punches are consistent throughout your entire project. And you make your punch by pulling the lever down. Some punching machines are electronic in this feature. Next, you punch through all the sheets of your project. You'll do this in smaller batches and according to the punch capacity of the machine you're working with. Once you've punched through all your sheets, assemble your book in order. Now it's time to bind. This is where you need to choose the right size coil or spiral bind for your project. Many of the coil binding machines on the market have very useful measuring tools built into the machine so that you can decide what is the right size coil for your size project. The binding process is generally begun by hand by threading or twisting the spiral bind through the first few holes of your book. And you'll continue to thread the bind of your book with the coil either by hand, or by an electronic coil inserter. As you could imagine, this feature is pretty handy and makes things much faster. The finishing touch with coil binding is used with coil crimping pliers. With a simple squeeze, the end of the coil is snipped off and the end is twisted in for a great looking finish. And there it is, the how to of how to spiral bind papers. For more articles, how to's, demos, and reviews on all things binding, check out MyBinding.com.
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