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We R Memory Keepers has just written a new chapter on book binding with The Cinch Book Binding Tool. This easy-to-use tool binds books with the press of the handle and is a must-have for crafting. Perfect for home, office or school. Easy enough for the beginner, professional enough for the expert.
I have been obsessed with blank books since I was a little girl. I've collected them for years, and always look for ones with interesting covers, pages with special designs, and spiral bound pages is a MUST! I've always had a problem though - I leave the books I buy "blank" because they become imperfect after I write in them. So I have a whole drawer full of beautiful - but forever blank - books.
After finding this tool, I had to give a sigh of relief - FINALLY! I can build my own books to my own specifications, and not be afraid to write in the pages! The tool works cleanly and smoothly and I've had so much fun creating books for any reason!
I had a few "beginners" problems:
1) the first few sheets I punched got a weird yellow oil around the holes - I'm assuming this was an oil from the inner mechanisms. It went away after the first few punches, but I mention it so that anyone with a new machine makes sure to punch a few test sheets first.
2) On my first book, I forgot that the cover's holes would need to be lined up a bit differently so that the inside pages are "centered" when the covers are a bit taller than the internal pages.
After these mistakes, I've been whipping right through creating new books for all my needs - books full of graph paper for drawing out scrapbooking and card floor plans, books with list pages I print out on the computer to make custom grocery lists, etc. I highly recommend this tool for those like me that love to have the perfect book for any purpose.
This tool is really aptly named - it makes spiral bound book making a "cinch"!
Several years ago I reluctantly sold the Ibeco Binding Machine I used for making albums, report covers and flip charts for my family and school. I knew I'd miss it but we were downsizing our home office and it was too big for the space we'd allotted for equipment. I was sure that I find another machine -- someday.
I've been searching for a substantial, user-friendly, consumer-size binding machine since then and was optimistic when Tricia, the buyer at Scrapbook.com told me WeR had come up with a new binding system. WeR's reputation for sturdy, long-lasting tools added to my optimistic hope.
Well, the Cinch is here, I've used it and I am sold on this amazing product. I reminds me of my old Ibeco but it's better. Here's how:
1) Instructions are printed on the machine so you have help at your fingertips
2) Measuring is simple and effortless (shown in inches and centimeters)
3) Lightweight construction but the unit is sturdy and stable when punching and binding
4) Affordable - it will last for years and I can save $$$ by making my own albums, journals or diaries
5) Wire binders are a "cinch" to install (O-rings from other companies line up with the round (not square) holes too.
6) The mechanism is quite, I can use it at night and not wake up family members.
7) It folds up to fit (on it's side) on my 12.5" high by 10" deep shelf and takes up 5" of space (width).
8) It's pink...I'm not a pink-kind-of girl by nature but I enjoy the look of this tool.
Thanks WeR. I'm back in business after all these years!
Just received mine last night and just lets say how happy i was to see the size of this machine. I thought it would be larger than it actually is. I would highly recommend this to anyone. I am going to make a book that holds all of my nestabilities this weekend. Cant wait. Just to let you all know;MAKE SURE YOU PUNCH A FEW SHEETS OF PAPER FIRST! Before you use it on your projects! When i tested my first piece of paper it had some lubricate from the factory on the holes. TWO THUMBS UP!
I have the Bind it all, but wanted the Cinch because of seeing how easy it is to use on HSN, and having the instructions on the machine itself is great. I find it so much easier and better to use and understand than the Bind it all.
I love having the rack on the side that I can hang the wire on and put the paper in as soon as I punch the holes. I think its more organized that way. It makes book making simplier to me.
I loved the fact that I could use the Bind it all wires that I already own for my new Cinch machine also!! I find it lining up the book is better to me than the BIA, so I would recommend if you like making books, get the Cinch, you'll be glad you did.
Successful with first try! Very easy to use. I love this machine! Just watch the YouTube demos & it really is that easy to use. So much faster and more accurate than my previous method. The binding wires give a very professional look to any mini album or book I make. But because I can pick and choose what holes to punch I can still use book rings if I want. It's great the instruction chart is printed right on the machine so I'm not needing to hunt up the manual each time I use it. Also punches thru mat board and chipboard very easily. I highly recommend this machine for all paper crafters.
I have the BIA and have loved using it but didn't like trying to do larger projects because of having to make the the holes to be even. The Cinch does it all for me and when I'm hurrying through a project, such as binding books for my primary students, it is truly a "cinch." I have a new favorite and have no problem recommending it to anyone who wants something easy and simple and accurate.
I am totally in love with the latest scrapbooking tool from WRMK. It's lightweight, but very sturdy and extremely well-made. Having the instructions for the tool printed directly on the surface is a major bonus in my book. Searching for irritating little manuals when you have a sudden case of absentmindedness is now a thing of the past!
The wire binding hooks on the side are a most welcome convenience. Since it punches holes instead of rectangles, my papers and covers glide over the coils instead of dragging and getting caught. But I think what makes me happier than anything else is the fact that I can keep my books and creations completely flat while I'm "Cinching" the coils closed. (It drove me absolutely bonkers trying to hold things aloft during the coil closing step when I was using my BIA! My coils always ended up oddly-shaped.) It punches holes at 2:1, so I can use the wires I already have in my supplies from previously using the BIA. Yay! :)
Though the Cinch is the rookie binding tool in the scrapbooking world, it has already proven itself to be far superior to its antiquated predecessors in every possible way. All of its great features combined with the punching power of a Crop-a-dile make this tool a must-have.
I got rid of my Bind-it-all last night and will never, ever think about it again. The Cinch has erased it from my memory and I couldn't be happier!
I bought the cinch after reviewing dozens of binding tools and machines. I have never used any of them but wanted to be able to take my craftyness to a new level of fun. I love this tool. It is now on my crafters "must have" list. It was so easy to use. All the instructions are right on the Cinch plus after watching the youtube video that was right there on the page where I ordered it, I felt like a master book binder. I have made 2 baby books, several recipe books for family and friends and am still working up new ideas. So for anyone looking to expand there craftness to a whole new level this is the tool for you, and your friends, and your mother, and your mothers friends ok well you get my drift.
I have used another bindery system (I didn't purchase it, only borrowed) and wanted one of my own so badly, but with the other system everytime I went to bind the pages, my fingers would get pinched. Then I saw the Cinch. I watched youtube videos of its use over and over again and then I broke down and bought one. I couldn't be happier with it. There was a bit of a learning curve to getting the holes where I want them using the little on board ruler system they have. I recommend watching their youtube video and always practice punching on a scrap piece of paper cut to the same length as your project as safety insurance. That's the only reason I gave it four stars, and it's probably just that I'm so unsure of myself.
It punches through thick chipboard as easy as my crop-a-dile (thanks again WE R Memory Keepers) and even has handy dandy little hooks on the side to hold your binding wire for your project.
I love that the guide is so easy to adjust and that I can easily see where everything is going to punch
I have used this with several friends and even my friend with carpal tunnel can punch with ease on the Cinch.
I have had the best results with my Cinch but I did watch videos over and over again and did just practice with it before I ever tried my first project. I have had great results with the tools I have purchased that are We R Memory Keepers brand and this Cinch is no exception.
I do wish there were a larger range of sizes of the "o" wire that you could use with it, but that's because I tend to make all my projects chunky but even so I haven't yet had a project that actually needed bigger wires. You can use other brands of wire to bind with (found some on clearance and gave it a try).
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