What Coil Binding Supplies should I have?

posted this on Jul 24, 2015

Putting your documents together with your new color coil binding machine can be enjoyable, but to do so, you’re going to need the right supplies. Here are some of the things you’re going to need to get the most out of your binding machine.

  1. Color coils. Obviously to use your new device you’re going to need some binding elements. Color coils come in many different lengths with the most common ones being 11” long for letter-sized documents. You can choose from a number of different thicknesses ranging from 6 to 50 millimeters. (The thickest ones can bind documents that are more than 400 pages long.) These supplies also come in dozens of colors including some fun hues such as neon green and electric blue.
  2. Coil crimpers. One item you must have to successfully bind your documents with your new machine is a coil crimper. A crimper can either be handheld or a machine, but you need one to trim and turn up the ends of the coil so your book will stay bound. (It should be said that there are also crimpers that are an integrated part of some machines.) If you choose to get the handheld variety, you might find them difficult to use at first, but you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly.
  3. A selection of covers. Your documents are going to need covers if you want them to interest readers. (They’ll also help protect your documents.) You’ll find that there are a lot of different types of covers on the market including ones that are holographic, feel like leather, and so on. Some of the most popular are made from clear plastic so you can display a customized title page. And if you’re environmentally conscious, there are recycled covers available. A lot of covers can be punched with your binding machine to make everything easier.
  4. A binding workstation. Some of the binding machines you can buy these days are pretty large. If you bought one of them, you might discover that you don’t have enough space for it on a counter, table, or desk. Or maybe you want to be able to roll the machine out of the way when you’re not using it. If so, a binding workstation is a great solution. These workstations are often outfitted with casters and they provide space for your device. There’s often storage area for your supplies as well.
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