MyBinding Knowledge Base
Can I use my Fastback to create hard cover books?
One of the great things about the Fastback binding system is that you can use it to create high quality hardcover documents and photo books. Fastback Hardcovers are currently available in many popular sizes including 8-1D2″ and A4. They come in a number of different styles including: Suede and premium Composition covers as well as Library and Art cloths, with a great choice of colors and materials. This article will provide instructions for hardcover binding using your Fastback system and the Powis Parker hardcover Guide (HCG2).
The first step in binding a hardcover document with Fastback is the assemble the pages of your book. Before binding your pages, place folded Fastback end leaves at the front and the back of your printed pages. The folds should be at the spine side of your pages. Insert this book block (with the end leaves folded end down) into the binding cavity of the Fastback binder Bind the book block using a Hardcover Linen strip. This strip was specially designed for binding hard cover books. They are more flexible than other strips so there is less stiffness when turning the pages, plus they give an enhanced look to your book. For a traditional finishing touch, you can even add headbands to the top and bottom of the spine after binding the book block.
The correct cover spine width is determined by the thickness of the bound book block. After your book block has cooled, place it between the right purple cover stop and the slider handle at the front right corner of the Guide. Slide the handle against the book block. The horizontal line points to the letter size of which cover width to use. Covers are available in six sizes, A-F.
When using wider covers (sizes C to F), it is necessary to use the plastic spacers provided with the Guide. Without these spacers, the book block may skew, resulting in an imperfect bind. The spacers are stored in slots at the rear left corner of the Guide. We have provided three spacers, although you only use two at a time. The third one is an spare. To use the spacers, push them into the lettered slots on the cover stops as indicated by corresponding width. For example, for an E width book, the spacers should be inserted in the slots marked ‘E’.
Slide the Instruction Card to the upper right corner of the base. The white tab fits under the clamp and the front left angle fits behind the base notch. For thicker covers, this card should be removed. Place your Fastback Hardcover(TM) on the Guide with the release papers facing up, (the back cover of the book should be to the right). Slide the cover to the right rear corner of the base. The right and top edges of the cover should contact the right and rear steps of the base, with the cover under the paper stops. Flip the lever to the right to clamp the cover in place and remove the strip of narrow release paper to the right of the spine.
With the front of your book block facing up, push the page edges against the top and side green paper stops (and spacers if required). With the page edges held against the edges of the paper stops and spacers, push the spine edge of the book block down firmly onto the exposed narrow adhesive strip. With the spine edge attached, carefully rotate the book block to the left. Remove the wide release paper on the right side. Roll the book block back to the right onto the exposed adhesive, securing the back end leaf. Remove both the narrow and wide release papers on the left hand side of the cover. Lift the front cover over the top of the book block. The cover edges must contact the rear and side purple cover stops. Then press the cover down onto the book block. Flip the lever up to release your book. Open front and back covers to smooth down the inside end leaves.
< 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)