How to Bind Hard Cover Books with your Fastback 9?

posted this on May 24, 2016

In addition to soft cover binding, using the Fastback Model 9 binding machine and the Fastback Hardcover Guide you can create professional-quality hard cover books easily and inexpensively – in less than a minute. Powis Parker Fastback hard cover cases are available in a wide range of sizes, colors and finishes. And, with the addition of a Foilfast. printer, you can apply colorful foil printed titles and artwork to your covers and spines. Foilfast cartridges are available in up to seven great-looking colors allowing you to add a title, logo or other important information to your hard cover bound book.

In order to bind a Hard cover document with the Fastback 9 you will need to make sure that you have a LX binding strip, a hard cover case, a pair of endleaves and headbands if you want to add a decorative touch to your book. Once you have all of these materials assembled you can begin the binding process by using your Fastback 9 binding machine to bind the pages of your document with an endleaf on the front and back of your printed pages. You will bind this document just like you bind any standard soft cover document using your machine. Once you have completed that step you will ready to add the Hard Cover case. Here are six simple steps for finishing your hard cover document. . .

1. Measure the bound book block with the Book Width Gauge on the lower right side of the Hardcover Guide to determine the proper Fastback Hardcover width.

2. If you wish, you can add headbands (small cloth strips and the top and bottom edges of the book’s spine) for a more professional finished appearance. However headbands must be attached before the Fastback Hardcover is attached.

3. Place an empty Fastback Hardcover, adhesive side up, in the Hardcover Guide and clamp in place. The top and right edges of the cover should be under the translucent green stops. If the book width is C or greater, you may use the green plastic inserts to ensure that the book block does not shift during binding. Remove the narrow release paper from the right panel of the Fastback Hardcover, exposing a small portion of the super-strong binding adhesive that coats the interior hard covers.

4. Set your bound book block into place against the Guide’s translucent green stops and press down to fasten the book block to the narrow adhesive area. Your book block is now evenly positioned within the cover.

5. Carefully lift the right side of the book block and remove the large release paper from the right panel of the Fastback Hardcover. Lower the book block onto the panel and press it against the panel to secure it.

6. Remove the remaining release papers, and bring the left panel of the Fastback Hardcover over onto the book block with the top and right edges of the cover abutting the purple stops. Remove the book from Guide and rub the endleaves to ensure that they are securely fastened.

7. After your book is bound securely into the Hard Cover case it is then possible to customize the book using a Foilfast Title Sheet. FoilFast title sheets allow you to use your FoilFast printer to customize a composition or suede hard cover with your logo, title, subtitle or other important information.

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