Can I use my Fastback to create hard cover books?

posted this on Jul 2, 2015

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).Fastback Black 8.5 x 11 Suede Hardcover

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.

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