How To Use a Binding Machine
People use a binding machine for a variety of reasons, but all of them want to know one thing: “How do I use this thing?” Well, all the machines comes with an instruction manual, but unless you have an hour or so to read through it, it will do you no good. Luckily, the machines are relatively easy to use, especially once you get the hang of it. Below are a few tips on how to use a binding machine properly:
1. Make sure you have a proper power source. You do not want to give your binding machine too much juice; but, you do not want it to beg you for power either. Check to see what the requirements are for your machine and be sure you have a place in which to plug it in that is suitable. Once you have gotten this base covered, then try turning on your binding machine to ensure that it works properly. The worst time to notice that something isn’t functioning correctly is when you are using it on your finished project.
2. Place the binding comb in the proper place. In most cases, a little assembly is required once you open the box to your new binding machine. Simply position the binding comb teeth up right on top of the opener. After that, you will need to turn the crank towards yourself to open the comb. This is an important step because it ensures that your machine will hold an open position which allows you to place your paper inside. It is a good idea to put in some “position holding papers” while you get your project ready – not because the machine may mess it up, but because it gives you a jumping off point when you are finally ready to bind your work together.
3. Get your paper ready. Before you allow the binding machine to do its job, you first need to give it a job to do. Place your papers into the opened cutting slot, and be sure you position them so that they are parallel to the left side of the provided ruler tool that runs along the top of the machine. Once you have your papers lined up the way you want them, then you can move on to the next step.
4. Line it up and cut. Double check your measurements and then proceed to activate the electronic cutter. At this time, the bladed teeth will come down and punch holes where you specified on the paper. It is important that you keep your hands away from the machine at this point, lest you present your project with one less finger.
5. Finish your project and turn off the machine. After you have cut and bound all the materials of your project to your specifications, you will want to shut down the machine. Leaving it on is not only irresponsible, but it is a safety hazard as well. Crank the binding comb to the closed position and turn off the machine.