MyBinding Knowledge Base
What should I know about Custom Index Tabs?
Index tabs are some of the handiest office supplies around. They can be used in three-ring binders to differentiate subjects and sections so you can flip right to the information you need. You can also use them in documents bound with a binding machine to make your books more user-friendly. Index tabs can be bought online and in almost every office supply store. However, buying pre-made tabs means you might end up with a set that’s not just right for your needs. That’s why it can be a good idea to make your own custom tabs. Here’s some information on what to consider if you do so:
- Two things you need to consider are the color and weight of the paper. White is always a great choice (and it looks professional), but choosing different colors can help you be a bit more creative. Also, paper weight is very important. It’s best to use paper that’s thicker than the 20 lb. type that you’re probably going to print your document on. For example, 90 lb. sheets would be ideal because they’re more durable and will help separate the sections of your document.
- Naturally, you should give the size of the paper some thought. If your document is letter-sized, the paper should be slightly larger so you can cut out the tabs. (They’re usually about 1/2” wide.) Also, you’ll want to think about how many tabs you’re going to need. Do you need five so you can divide up schoolwork? More than that for professional purposes? Or how about 26, so you can organize your work alphabetically? The number you choose is up to you.
- If you want to refer to the same document over and over again, it’s a good idea to reinforce the edge of your sheets. This will reduce the risk of them being torn out of the document. You can laminate the dividers with your pouch laminator if you have one on-hand. This will also coat the tabs. You can also coat them with Mylar if you don’t need to reinforce the edges. Mylar is available in different colors if you want your document to have a unique look.
- Another thing to think about is if you want to put any text on the tabs, such as subject type, name, date, etc. It’s important to print them before applying Mylar or laminate. You’ll get better results if you do.
- Finally, decide whether or not you want to make an extra set. Doing so will help you save time in the future if you need to replace the set in your document at any point in the future.
< 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)