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How To Make A HardCover Book?
If you are wondering how to make a hardcover book this video is for you. Although there are dozens of different binding styles available for making soft cover books there are far fewer options for hardcover binding. Watch the video and learn about the equipment and supplies used for hard cover binding. If you decide on a particular binding style we have the machines and covers that you will need. If you aren't sure which binding style is right for you give us a call. One of our binding specialists will help you find what you need.
Here is a transcript of this video: Welcome to MyBinding How To videos. Today's question is how to make a hardcover book. Most likely you'll bind a hardback book with a thermal binding system. There are quite a number on the market that range from size, ability, and price. Though each system is a little bit different, there's a basic idea behind all of them. We'll use the UniBind system as a test case and demonstration for how to bind a hardback book. Many companies, like UniBind, have produced beautiful hardcover book covers for your needs. With most thermal binding, the adhesive, or glue, is built right into the spine of the book cover. Whether you're using soft or hard back covers, watch watch just how easy it is to bind just about anything with thermal binding. You simply gather your materials together, slide them into the bind of the book. Give it a few good jogs to make sure things are nice and even and deep into the spine. There are no power or start and stop switches on the UniBind system. Simply place the book in, it begins. It takes about 90 seconds. Lights and/or sounds will signal to you that your machine is warmed and ready to go and your project is finished. With UniBind, red means it's heating, green means you're done. As with all thermal binding systems, you need to allow your project to cool completely in the cooling rack. It really is that simple. And that's how to make a hard cover book. For more articles, how to's, demos, and reviews on all things binding, check out MyBinding.com.
< 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)