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    Question Quilting book binding questions?

    Does anyone own their own book binding machine ? I like to have the binding cut off and a spiral binding put on my quilting books so that they open flat. At $6.00 each I suspect eventually it would be worth it to buy my own binding machine, however I need info on what kinds people use and if they like theirs? It also took Staples four days to bind my last two books( I had planned to work on projects from both of those books that weekend however they had MY books) Any info you can share would be greatly appreciated.

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    Why don't you go to Staples and ask the folks what they use and the requirements. Tell them you are going to purchase one
    Then go to a used office supply/surpus store if you have one close by and get one. These stores always have such equipment.

    Having used such equipmdent in the past, I would think it is not in the punch system but rather the machine that you actually apply the binding. It should accommodate the size spirals for the books you want to bind. This is just my uninformed opinion.

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    I don't own one, I've only used them in an office environment. I think they're a great idea. However, I think you'd still have to take your books in to have the bindings cut off, wouldn't you?

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    There are lots to choose from, but still pretty expensive - and then you also need supplies. http://www.bindingstuff.net/coilbinding.html

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    That is pretty expensive. I take mine to office max and they do it when I am there and the most I have every paid was between $2 and $3. Do you have an Office Max in your town, if you do it would be worth looking into.
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    Kinko's will do it too, but I don't know what they charge.

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    I take mine to Kinkos too. It wasn't a lot of money.
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    I too was limited to Staples and their $6 wasn't in the budget (we were doing fundraising cookbook) I am doing family history books for relatives so purchased a comb binder from Staples (the manual one). Got a rebate so it was under $100 at the time. The combs are available for various prices depending on the size and I use the crystal clear covers.Personally the only prebound books I would take apart and rebind would have to be in very poor condition. My two cents worth here. I like having this machine available to put whatever book together for myself and family. Printed out some free quilt patterns on the laser printer and have a couple of new books for myself now.

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    check with your local print shop, all of them will have the capabilities to bind your books and should be cheaper than $6

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    Just curious - Why don't you just 3-hole punch and put in a binder - it would lie flat and not cost very much at all.
    Last edited by justsojanie; 02-28-2012 at 12:24 PM. Reason: misspelling
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    I'd be worried you would lose some information near the binding if too much is cut off or in attaching the spirals. I'd just quilt book weights and set them on the pages to keep the book open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justsojanie View Post
    Just curious - Why don't you just 3-hole punch and put in a binder - it would lie flat and not cost very much at all.
    That's what I have had done with a lot of my paper-piecing books. It's lot easier when I need to copy something. I've had mine done at Kinko's and I think it was about $7.00 for the last one I did.

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    I got a HUGE 3-ring binder from Staples and some sheet protectors (all ready 3-hole punched) and only keep the patterns/tips I think I will use. It works great and all my sheets are in protective sleeves and easy to remove and use. Just a thought.
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    I too use a local print shop, and they only charge 2 or 3 dollars.

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    I have mine done at Staples. I called several print shops in my area and Staples was the cheapest. I signed up for a Staples Rewards card and now get 10% off. The only problem I've had is they ruined my Dear Jane Book. I can still use the book, but they said someone didn't clean the machine out properly and about 20 pages were cut off too close to the edge and they didn't get into the binding. I have to handle the book carefully so I don't tear the pages. I wasn't very happy with them.
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    Thanks for the info on binding books. I learned something new today.

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    Hobby Lobbyk Miachels and I think maybe Joanns and most scrapbooking stores have personal book binding machines for sale you might want to look there if you have a lot to bind and want your own setup. I do not know what they cost

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    What staples are you using, mine takes minutes to an hour depending on how backed up they are. I have never heard of four days unless they send it out to a bigger staples cause they don't have the machine for the type of binding you want. Binders can be quite expensive

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    If you live in a town with a college, ask if you can use their machine (usually at the LRC for student use) if you bring your own bindings.Not sure how you would cut the existing bindings off. I think I might be inclined to copy the pages I want and just put them in sheet protectors in a 3 ring binder.

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    I take mine to Office Depot. They bind mine in about one hour and charge between 3 and 4 dollars. If they are not too busy, they do them while I wait. I also use 3 binders with sheet protectors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryQuilter View Post
    I got a HUGE 3-ring binder from Staples and some sheet protectors (all ready 3-hole punched) and only keep the patterns/tips I think I will use. It works great and all my sheets are in protective sleeves and easy to remove and use. Just a thought.
    That's what I do too. Using the protective sleeves allows me to attach notes to the back for future reference.

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    Funny you should post this today. I have one of those machines that puts a plastic spiral binding on pages. I used it in my first grade classroom to make books. My hubby used it for his business reports. Now that we're retired we never use it and he wants to sell it. We were just talking about it yesterday. You can PM me if you're interested. I'm in western Michigan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    There are lots to choose from, but still pretty expensive - and then you also need supplies. http://www.bindingstuff.net/coilbinding.html
    I used one when I was teaching... the higher priced models tend to be able to bind more pages. I do know that the "combs" that are used as the binding hold up better if they are not overfull. I used to bind student projects often and some of my things as well. But I did find that the "combs" do become brittle and break down over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryQuilter View Post
    I got a HUGE 3-ring binder from Staples and some sheet protectors (all ready 3-hole punched) and only keep the patterns/tips I think I will use. It works great and all my sheets are in protective sleeves and easy to remove and use. Just a thought.
    I do this as well. I also make a copy of the pattern I am making so that I can make notes and highlight related to the size and fabric I am doing that time. It keeps my original clean.
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    Thank you for all the info and ideas. I used the only local shop in this area, which was a Staples. They do it right there, but claimed to be so backed up they couldn't get them done for 4 days. I will look for private print shops and see if anyone does it cheaper. A little more info-I want the coil type of binding. This way the book can be openned completely and it is much easier to make a copy of a pattern, etc. I would only put this type of binding on a book that I would be using alot, such as a year long project. Or a Dear Jane book. To the person who had her Dear Jane book damaged by Staples-I would definitely contact the main office for the company. They shouldn't have charged you, and might even have reimbursed you something for the damage to your book-after all it was THEIR fault.
    I am the queen of using plastic page protectors. However it wouldn't be worth the money or time to put a complete book in page protectors. I finally decided to have the binding cut off and the coil put on two of my books for the ease of use, and convenience. IF anyone else has any more info please let me know. Thank you everyone for the ideas-this board is great!

    Kat

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