Color coil binding - also known as spiral binding - is a great way to put together great-looking documents whether you're working with short or long books. There are a few ways you can do this type of binding: by hand, with an all-in-one binding machine, or with a coil inserter. If you are interested in using an inserter, there are a few features you should look for when choosing one for your bookbinding needs. Here they are....
Color coil binding - also known as spiral binding - is a great way to put together great-looking documents whether you're working with short or long books. There are a few ways you can do this type of binding: by hand, with an all-in-one binding machine, or with a coil inserter. If you're interested in using an inserter, there are a few features you should look for when choosing one for your bookbinding needs. Here they are....
A foot pedal. It's always a good idea to select an inserter that can be operated by a foot pedal. (The pedal typically comes with the device.) The reason for this is that when you use a machine with a foot pedal, your hands will remain free. This gives you more control so you can get the results you want quickly and easily.
A good number of rollers. The number of rollers an inserter has will more or less dictate how easy it will be to operate. Just about all devices have one or two rollers, with the latter being the easiest to use. However, if you have the chance to try out a variety of machines before purchasing one, you should do so. You may find that the one-roller devices work better for you. (It's usually a matter of personal preference.)
The ability to gap the rollers. You might be wondering what "gap" means when it comes to coil binding. All that's involved in gapping is adjusting the space between an inserter's rollers. If your inserter allows you to do so, you'll be able to use larger binding coils. Which, of course, means you can put together thicker documents. (A caveat: if you choose to use a coil that's larger than 30 millimeters, you'll need to insert it into your document by hand.) So if you think - or know - you'll need to bind thick books, you absolutely should choose a device with rollers that can be gapped.
A spine former. Another feature to look for is a spine former. While this feature sounds really complicated, it's actually not. It's just a curved area of the device that can help you shape the spine of your document to match the coil you've decided to use. Doing this makes it easier to insert the coil, especially if the book you're working with is pretty lengthy.
A recognizable brand name. Finally, the machine you choose should have been manufactured by a company that's known for making high-quality devices. A few brand names the tend to signify quality are Rhin-O-Tuff, Akiles, and Marlon.
Choosing a coil inserter isn't really that hard and choosing the right one will make it very easy for you to complete your bookbinding duties. Looking for the above items is a great way to ensure you'll make the right choice and end up with a device that can help be more productive. Color coil binding looks great and is easy to do, so try it out for yourself today.
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