I bought the Cinch the second it was available. Then it sat…and it sat…and it sat. Until yesterday. Yesterday DH asked me if I could bind a report for him. What?! YES! I sure can! 😀
Well…I said I could do it, but I’d not used the Cinch a single time. LUCKILY…there are directions right on the machine itself. So, I read them. 😉
You can use either Zutter OR Cinch wires! 😀
I was THRILLED to find that the Zutter 1″ wires that I had on hand for my Bind it All worked PERFECTLY with the Cinch. YAY! I thought they would, but I never say things will work until I’ve tried it myself. Hey…they work. LOL! Now, of all the times to try out a new machine why did it have to be on a report that was THAT big?
I love that you can lay down the paper instead of having to stand it up like you do with the Zutter Bind It All. I also love the large handle. You just push that down to make the holes. YAY! It’s much easier to have a large handle than a small one. You pull out (slightly) any of the buttons where you don’t want a hole to be punched.
See peg #10? I’ve got it pulled out so it won’t punch a hole there.
When you have something longer than the Cinch’s punching area, you just move the item down and punch again. There’s a little black peg on the far left. You put the peg in the second hole from the right to help you line up correctly for continued punching. See all of those little paper hole pieces? I dumped them out of the tray that catches them. I didn’t have a garbage can close by so I dumped them there. Hey, there’s no point in pretending that I’m a tidy little crafter. Forget about it! LOL!
Squeeze the wires closed on the other end of the Cinch.
I forgot to show you one of my favorite things about this machine. It has a great little holder on the side where you can hook your wires. This was EXTREMELY helpful to me when putting all of these pages on the wires. Whew. Thank you whoever thought of that! 😀
There’s a knob on the side of the machine where you choose the size of the wires you are using. I was using 1″, so I turned it to that. Then you stick your wired edge into the back of the machine and SQUISH! Again you’re using the big handle to squeeze the wires. You don’t use the little pink part at the bottom. That would be too difficult. 😉
I never can find my wire cutters in my tool box, so THANK GOODNESS I own this little set of Bind It All tools. Because they are pink and have their own little pouch, I usually have them where they belong…in the case with my Bind It All. So, I used them to help me clip the excess wire that I didn’t need. You should have some wire cutters on hand when binding.
I own both the Bind it All and the Cinch. I think the Cinch is my favorite of the two. If you have the Bind It All you don’t need to rush out and buy the Cinch and vice versa. Either are good for binding. If you don’t have either one, I think you might be really happy with the Cinch. 😉
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