Both items can make books, calendars, albums and more!!
Well, you saw it coming didn’t you? I thought so. I just had to get The Cinch by We R Memory Keepers, even though I have the awesome Pink Bind It All and they do the same thing.
Here’s why I bought the Cinch:
I like the huge plate area for laying down the pages. That has GOT to make it easier than trying to keep them all straight and upright like you have to in the BIA. I was at the tail end of a project and ruined a cover I was binding with the BIA because I had trouble balancing everything and pushing down the arm at the same time. It was almost a disaster, but Super DH ran out to Archiver’s (the first time he ever stepped foot in one) and got me a new cover.
You can turn off some of the hole punches. That’s cool! You’re more in charge of what you can make. Hole here, hole there…cool.
You can place your wires on hooks and thread your pages while you work. That’s nice too! It’s so much better than trying to keep up with your pages while you’re doing a project, especially if it’s a big project.
It’s made by the people who make the Crop A Dile. If this thing is even almost as awesome as the Crop A Dile, I’m sure I’ll love it. That thing is incredibly well made and is quite the workhorse. 😉
The #1 Reason I bought it… Overall Ease of Use. I especially like the easy to follow instructions that are printed on the base of the Cinch. 😉
Hmmm…one of these things is not like the other. 😉
I’m sure you’ve noticed the BIGGEST (I’m so punny) difference. The Cinch is SUPER BIG compared to the Bind It All. I think that really makes the BIA super awesome. It does basically everything The Cinch does, but has compacted all that potential into a tiny machine. Pretty impressive. Now I still stick with my above mentioned drawbacks, but certainly The Cinch loses the, “I’m thinner than you are war”. If you don’t have space to store The Cinch, that’s something to consider because that thing is a BEAST. I don’t go to crops, but if I did I’d hate to think about lugging The Cinch around for any binding I might want to do. I DO LIKE that the arm on The Cinch can be locked down. The one on the BIA cannot.
I’m excited to make my first project with The Cinch!! I predict that I will love it!
UPDATED (on 9/29/10) TO ADD: The Cinch out of the box weighs 6 lbs 12 oz. The Bind It All weighs 2 lbs 13 oz.