Heidi Swapp Cinch Book Binding Machine by We R Memory Keepers | Black and White
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- PUNCH PERFECT HOLES WITHOUT MEASURING: Bind any size project using alignment pegs and customizable hole-punch knobs.
- NO PROJECT IS TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL: Punch a single sheet or up to 20 sheets of lightweight paper at one time.
- VERSATILE: Create everything from scrapbooks, mini books, school projects, journals, gifts and so much more.
- BIND PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS INEXPENSIVLEY: Create that professional look at a fraction of the cost.
- BINDINGS ADD AN ELEGANT TOUCH TO ANY PROJECT: The Cinch cuts perfect holes for use with any size binding wire .325-1.25 inch. All sizes of We R Memory Keepers Binding Wire available on Amazon, sold separately.
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 30.48 x 12.19 x 24.13 cm; 20 Grams
- Date First Available : 16 December 2017
- Manufacturer : American Crafts
- ASIN : B00UY0WT1O
- Item Model Number : 662789
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The Heidi Swapp Cinch Book Binding Machine by We R Memory Keepers makes booking binding quick, easy and affordable. It is the best binding tool on the market for home, school and office projects. Punch perfect holes with customizable hole spacing on any size project. The Cinch is great for making mini albums, recipe books, presentations and more. Find out for yourself why scrap bookers, crafters and mix media artists love the Cinch.
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I just bought one yesterday and already have done some perfect bindings after struggling to figure out other more expensive wire binding machines. I think for a wire binding machine this is an absolutely bargain at under £80, when you consider machines with similar capabilities can easily cost you £300-£400.
The key benefits of this machine for those considering it are:
1. Ease of use. It's a lot easier than bigger office machines, within 15-20 minutes and a bit of practice you'll be doing perfect bindings every time. It also punches a decent amount of sheets (20 at a time) so that saves you a lot of time on large document bindings.
2. Flexibility. This machine has a very good cutter blade. It can cut threw board, plastics and a wide range of thick cards. Being smaller than typical large machines, it's ideal for making mini pocket sized books etc.
3. Compact. Ideal size and weight, the handle folds nearly in place, it doesn't take up much desk space, easy to lift and is easily stored away when not in use.
4. Binding size. It supports an usually wide range of 2:1 wire binding sizes. Going down to 3/8th of an inch all the way up to 1 and a 1/4 inch size (approx 3cm!). Yes, this little machine is capable of making books nearly 3cm thick with over over 300 pages! This is very rare to see on wire bind machines (unless you pay a fortune), most are limited to 120-140 pages maximum.
5. Metric support. Although these American machines are clearly designed for the US market, the latest model shown here on eBay now has an easier A4 option and a metric rule added below the imperial one. It's not difficult for us European's to bind common metric sized documents such as A6, A5 and A4 on this machine. I have wrote a little tutorial as it does require a bit of technique to do metric punching perfectly (see below).
For anyone in UK or Europe watching this, wondering how the heck you do A5 and A4 punching on this machine (which is really designed for the American market that uses imperial measurements, although the latest model shown here in the video (which I have also) has both metric and imperial rulers)..here's how I figured it out (by trial and error):
A5 (landscape format / short edge): Make sure the paper is aligned to FIRST LINE on the first (upper) rule guide, which is 1/17th of an inch. So in other words, you're moving the paper to the right by 1/17th of an inch which will give you perfectly centered holes on the short edge of A5 paper. You need to pull out button/plug 12 as that hole is not needed. I haven't tried doing A5 portrait mode yet, but if you look at the A4 method below, it should be exactly the same except you're obviously only punching once on A5 paper which is exactly half the width of A4.
A4 (portrait format / long edge): Pull the ruler slide outwards 2 clicks to the left. On the newer models that have the metric ruler to the bottom, you'll see that 17cm at the top should line up perfectly with 32cm on the bottom from 2 clicks. Pull out plug 11 (marked A4 on newer models) as that hole is not needed. The paper will only be punched half way across due to the width limit of the machine. Turn the paper around (non-punched side facing right obviously), and punch. You now have perfectly centered holes on A4 paper.
Tip: Use the little button to the left hand side to secure your paper before punching. Practice makes perfect. Practice on scrap paper. Because the A5 method requires a bit of precision aligning to 1/17th of an inch line (although its not difficult with a few practice attempts), it's recommended to punch your front and back covers WITH some of your inner front and rear pages at same time, so it looks neat and the holes align perfectly with the front and back covers when it's wire bound.
Hope that helps someone!
UPDATE: this is an update after using the Cinch binder for a month or so. There's a few niggles with this machine:
1. As others have posted in feedback, it doesn't cut holes as neatly as more expensive machines. You need to makes sure there's no paper pieces in the holes on the machine each time you punch holes, which helps a little, but the holes are never perfectly cut on standard 80gsm paper. Thicker material tends to cut cleaner.
2. The machine is a big fragile. If you pull out the punch hole buttons a bit too hard you can easily pull the entire thing out (it happened on our machine) and the cutting element can fall out of place (inside the machine!).
3. Lining up the papers for punching is tricky and you can get a lot of wasted paper. Again, this is mainly due to bits of punched paper preventing a perfect alignment. We use a brush to sweep out the bits of paper left behind which helps, but you really need to take your time with alignment to avoid wasting paper. We tend to punch less than 20 sheets to avoid paper wastage.
4. The rear part of the machine which closes the wire loops is a bit strange and doesn't work as you would expect with the dial and wire element sizing. We find it's better to put it on the lowest setting to get a properly closed wire binding (and even then it often requires manually squeezing the wires closer with your fingers or a tool.
Despite these draw-backs, for the price I still think it's a good budget machine and it does the job. However if you're wanting to do bindings more professionally and regularly, you might be better spending more money on a proper machine, the Cinch is more for crafts/hobbyist use than turning out commercial looking documents.
The Cinch arrived from Amazon just before the festivities and I waited patiently until Christmas Day to open it. The machine came in a self-contained display box inside an Amazon carton, but I had to order two spines/wires separately (but within the same order) as the Cinch didn't come with any practice wires.
However, when I first used the Cinch, I was left very disappointed. I'd taken note of all the suggestions and had my scrap paper ready. I had A4 and A5 sizes and I had the instructions on the machine in front of me along with visions of what I'd seen on the review/instructional videos on YouTube.
Alas, when I tried punching the A4 (long side) paper, the instructions say to pull out peg 11. I punched the first part with all the pegs in situ, extended the ruler arm, slotted the side peg into the penultimate hole, pulled out peg 11 and then punched again. End result... the space at each end of the holes is not even, unlike what I'd seen and been told on the videos. So, that claim doesn't appear to hold water.
It's even worse for A5 paper, as there's no instruction on which peg to pull whatsoever, so it's a 'do it by eye' situation which also ends up uneven at each end of the holes.
During my research prior to making this purchase, I came across several comments that criticised the existence of oil on the cutting blades, which apparently spoil the look of the punched holes. I, too, have noticed the presence of black oily deposits around the edges of the punched holes but not to any excess; I am hopeful that with further use, such deposits will eventually disappear.
One other irritation I noted with this machine is that the punching blades do not cleanly cut through the paper or card and on most punch sequences I end up having to 'pick out' several small squares of paper before I can place the punched paper onto the wire loops.
So, do I recommend the Cinch to other potential customers? Well, based on my initial experience, no I cannot recommend it. But, as it was a gift to me from my wife, I also do not wish to give up on the one I've got; I've sourced a UK company that sells wires to fit the Cinch but a lot less expensively and the machine has the potential to do what I require it to do... eventually.
El tamaño máximo que perfora es de 3mm y costándole un poco, es mejor que siempre se perfore por debajo de esta cifra porque se nota que la máquina va forzada. Por lo demás va genial.