How to Make a HalfBack Book With Your Fastback 15xs?

posted this on May 24, 2016

The Fastback Model 15xs also lets you bind documents using our halfback covers. These covers are unique, because they’re a one-piece cover and spine, with an adhesive strip already built-in. One of the great Halfback cover features is that you can design it on a computer and print it on an ink jet printer-which means you can customize your book’s cover and spine with text, design, and photographs. And since the front cover and spine are one continuous piece, you can have text and images wrap onto the spine.

To create a Halfback document with your Fastback 15xs, follow these steps:

1. First select Halfback as your binding style in the Special Functions menu.

2. Choose the correct Halfback cover size for your document. The display should read “HALFBACK READY.”

3. Design your cover, using any graphic design or page layout program (even Microsoft Word).

4. When you’re ready to print, load your cover into an ink jet printer so the printing will be applied on the side without the adhesive stripe. With most printers, this means inserting the cover into the back of the printer, with the adhesive stripe facing down. Make sure to place the cover into the printer so that the spine is on the right. Do not use your Halfback covers in laser printers! Laser printers melt the Halfback adhesive and will damage or ruin your printer. Halfback(TM) covers can be printed using most popular brands of inkjet printers. Try a practice cover to see if your printer accepts the Halfback cover thickness and size.

5. Once your cover has printed, form the cover into an “L” shape by folding in along the crease. Stand it upright-with the adhesive flap laying on a table or desk-and place the book’s pages on that flap section so they are sitting on the un-melted adhesive. Make sure all the pages rest evenly on the flap, and then put your back cover in place. For proper binding results, the Halfback spine flap must not be too curled prior to insertion in the binder. Flatten the spine by hand if necessary.

6. Now you’re ready to bind. Place your document in the binder, with the Halfback front cover facing the wavy binder fence. The back cover should face you. You can use any Fastback compatible cover as the back cover for your Halfback book. Many users choose a linen cover or a Fastback bindercover that will match the color of the Halfback that they are using.

7. Slide the entire document to the far right, and press the green BIND button to clamp your book.

8. Now press and hold the BIND button for one second until the Halfback binding cycle begins.

9. When the binder’s book clamps open, take your book out of the binder and set it on the cooling rack for a few minutes. It is important that you let your document cool for 5-7 minutes before you attempt to open or use it. Using your book or document before it is cool can cause the spine to become deformed or can compromise the integrity of the bind.

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