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Of all the different binding styles available to organizations, twin loop wire binding is quite possibly the most elegant and professional. For this reason, it is the binding style of choice for many architects, real estate agents, accountants and financial service companies. However, many users do not understand some of the intricacies of wire binding. This article will provide you with five tips for binding your documents with wire-o.

1. Twin loop wire binding spines are available in two different pitches. They are designed for either a 3:1 (3 holes per inch) or 2:1 (2 holes per inch) pattern. Three to one wire-o spines are designed for binding small sized documents that are between 3/16* and 9/16* thick. Two to one wire-o spines are designed for binding larger books that are between 5/8* and 1-1/2* thick. When choosing a wire binding machine it is important to make sure that you pick a machine that will meet your needs. If you already have a 3:1 pitch machine the only option that you will have for binding larger documents is to use 3:1 pitch spiral coil. However, if you have 2:1 pitch machine you can order special 2:1 pitch small sized wire binding spines that will allow you to bind documents as small as 1/4". Just make sure that your wire closer is capable of being adjusted for smaller sized spines.

2. Choosing the right size of wire binding spine for your documents is important. If you choose a wire binding spine that is too small, your pages won*t fit or they won*t turn freely. If you choose a wire binding spine that is too large the pages will be loose in the spine and they won*t look as good. To choose the right size of wire for your document you should take the size of your document and add 1/8* to allow the pages to move freely.

3. One of the most difficult parts of binding documents using twin loop wire is hanging the pages onto the elements. However, almost every wirebind machine comes with a hanger. In some cases the wire hanger will have a bunch of hooks on the front of the machine. In other cases, there will be a small metal plate on the machine that will flip up allowing you to clamp the c shaped wire spine in place while you add the pages to the spine. Using the wire holder on your binding machine will help to save you tons of time in the binding process.

4. As mentioned above, the pitch of your wire binding machine will partially determine the sizes of documents that you are able to bind. However, even if your binding machine has the correct pitch it is still possible that it will not handle 3/16* and 1-1/2* wire. These are specialty sizes and may not work in all equipment. Check your machine specifications before ordering either of these two sizes of wire.

5. If you have a 3:1 pitch binding machine you will also have a few other binding options that will be available to you. GBC Proclick binding spines are designed to work with a 3:1 pitch hole pattern. Proclick is easy to open and edit and might be ideal for certain sales reports or presentations that your company does. Additionally, you can use your three to one pitch wire binding machine along with 3:1 spiral coil for a completely different look and feel.

Hopefully these five hints will help you when binding documents with twin loop wire. Give wire binding a try for yourself and see just how easy it can be.

Submitted by:

Jeff McRitchie

Jeff McRitchie is the designer and Director of Marketing for MyBinding.com. He has written over 100 articles on binding machines, binding supplies laminating supplies,laminator and more.



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