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Frequently asked questions about coil binding

  1. What's so special about spiral coil binding?
  2. What kinds of books could I make with spiral coil?
  3. How does the spiral coil system work?
  4. What kinds of paper can the machine punch?
  5. What is the difference between COIL binding and COMB binding?
  6. How do I know which size coils to use?
  7. What coils are available for use with this system?


What's so special about spiral coil binding?

Spiral coil binding is colorful, flexible and child-proof.  Spiral coil is a great choice for catalogs and other items that must be mailed because it is crush-proof.  Spiral coil binding is very professional looking, and spiral-bound books like completely flat.

Spiral coils come in 50+ colors and 17 diameters.  Bonnie's Best has 24 colors and five popular diameters in stock.  Others are available by special order.

Spiral coils are 12 inches long, and can easily be cut with scissors for binding smaller books.

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What kinds of books can I make with spiral coil?

The list is limitless!  Here are a few ideas:

* Journals * Calendars * Multi-page greeting cards * Purse books

* Scrapbooks and mini-scrapbooks * Mini photo albums

* Gift books *Address books * Catalogs * Convention trades

* School projects and reports * Proposals 

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How does the spiral coil system work?

The RubiCoil machine accommodates paper up to 12 inches wide and will punch 6 to 8 sheets of text-weight paper or 3 to 4 sheets of card stock at a time .  It has a paper stop, and when each set of pages is placed against the paper stop, then all of the holes for all the paper you punch for your book
will align perfectly.

The RubiCoil machine punches four tiny round, evenly spaced holes per inch.  Spiral coils are very easy to insert -- just start the end of a coil in the bottom hole of your book, and TWIRL!  The coil automatically advances through the remaining holes.  Then just clip the ends with scissors!  Using your thumb and forefinger, tighten the end into a smaller curly-que, and your book is done!

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What kinds of paper can the spiral coil machine punch?

The Rubi-Coil handle text-weight paper and cardstock beautifully, and can accommodate lightweight cardboard, as well -- but neither machine should not be used to punch anything as dense as mat board, book board, illustration board, etc.  Adhering the heavier materials to lightweight cardboard -- or using a Japanese Book Drill to make holes in the heavy stuff -- is the safest solution.

Click here to read more about the Japanese Book Drill.

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What is the difference between COIL binding and COMB binding?

Spiral coil-bound books can lie perfectly flat. Comb binders punch larger rectangular holes with larger spaces in between, and because of the way the comb binding is made, books cannot lie flat when pages are turned back.

Spiral coil can be used for tinier books than comb binding, because comb binding has a solid piece of plastic in between each "tooth" of the comb.  I have made 2"x2-1/2" necklace notebooks with the spiral coil machine, and those would have looked too clunky with comb binding.

The photo shows a spiral-bound 2"x2-12" neckace book, a comb and a spiral coil. Most people think that spiral coil has a very professional look, whereas comb binding has a more utilitarian appearance.

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How do I know what size coils to use?

Each coil diameter can accommodate a certain number of pages.  The thickness of your book will determine the coil diameter you need.  The spiral coils pricelist shows the number of pages each diameter will accommodate.  The calculations are based on text-weight paper, so if you are using cover-weight paper inside the book, a smaller number of pages will fit.  

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What coils are available for use with this system?

Bonnie's Best stocks 12-inch-long spiral coils in twenty-four colors and five diameters.  To see the latest list of coil colors and sizes in stock:
click here to see the spiral coils pricelist 

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