How to Rebind a Book to Coil Binding

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Coil binding is one of the most popular book binding styles. It is the fastest growing one as well. Books bound with coil binding lay flat, and the pages can turn 360 degrees around the flexible coil spine. Traditional binding does not offer such versatility. Binding a book in coil is relatively quick and easy to do.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Spiral binding machine
  • Coil binding
  • Spiral inserter
  • Crimping pliers
  • Buy coil binding that is compatible with your coil binding machine. The most common pitch for coil binding is 4:1, which means there are four holes per inch. Most spiral binding machines follow this pitch, which means that your coil binding must be 4:1 as well. However, some spiral binding machines have pitches of 5:1 or 3:1.

  • Remove the binding from your book, if it is still bound. You can do this by snipping at the binding with scissors until the book is released into loose pages.

  • Insert up to 10 sheets of book pages into the spiral binding machine, depending upon your machine. Some models can handle more volume than others. Keep the pages straight and even.

  • Pull down on the handle, causing the machine to punch holes into the paper. Repeat this process for all pages of the book, making sure to keep the punched holes even and the pages in order.

  • Stack the punched pages together and begin threading the coil through them by hand. Once the coil is started, apply gentle pressure to the coil using the spiral inserter. The rubber rollers should begin to spin the coil through the holes. Spin the coil until it threaded through every hole.

  • Crimp the excess coil by using the crimping pliers to squeeze the excess coil, cutting it and folding the coil binding to keep it from uncoiling.

Tips & Warnings

  • Coil binding is available in more than 60 colors.
  • Pages will not turn as freely on coil binding for thick or heavy books as they will for books less than 1 inch thick.

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