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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Tie that Binds

I had a question about how I bind my books together so I thought that I would demonstrate how I do it.  Many schools have a large binding machine (ours does) but it's big and heavy and I wanted to do some over the summer so ............ I bought one at Walmart for under $50 a few years ago and I love it.

This is what it looks like.  You can take the handle off for easy storage.

Once something has been laminated and cut to size, you place it on the bottom guide.  You move the small dial so that your paper lines up with the rectangles (these will be where the cuts are made).  Once it is lined up you push the paper in between the white (bottom) and blue (back) and pull the handle down.
 When you pull the paper out, it is cut.  Repeat for all your pages.
 The handle moves forward for cutting the slots and backward for moving the teeth.
 For the next step, you take you coil and place it in the teeth at the top of the machine.
 Pushing the handle back opens the coil.
 Place your cut pages in the coil and pull the handle forward to close the coil. 

 Take the whole thing off the machine and trim the coil if necessary.

I hope I've explained this well enough.  Let me know if you have any questions.


vgw said...

I am thrilled to know you can get one rather inexpensively. I love LOVE binding books. Just made 40 this week for VBS. Virginia

Runde's Room said...

ooooo - I've been wanting my own for the classroom ... I think a trip to Walmart is in my future. Thanks!