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Description
There are three types of wire binding: 9/16" (19 loop), 2:1 (21 Loop), & 3:1 (32 Loop). 19 loop wire is referred to as 9/16" because there is 9/16" spacing between the punched holes. This is the same punch configuration as plastic comb bind. 2:1 or 3:1 is the ratio of holes per inch. For example, 2:1 has 2 holes punched in every inch on the binding edge.

Advantages
Wire-bound books:
- have pages that can rotate 360 Degrees
- lay flat
- have a professional appearance
- are secure

9/16" (19-loop) wire is an easy way to upgrade from comb binding, because this wire fits the same hole pattern that is punched by a plastic comb punch. If you have a comb binding machine, you may decide to purchase one of our inexpensive wire closers. A standalone loop wire closer is required, as you cannot close wire binding with a plastic comb spreader. 19-loop wire is available in 1/4" to 1" increments.

3:1 (32-loop) wire is the most popular of the three sizes of wire bind. It is available in 3/16" to 9/16" increments, and will not bind books over 9/16" thick.

2:1 (21-loop) wire is a great alternative to 32-loop wire if you are binding books thicker than 9/16". It is available in 1/4" to 1-1/4" increments, and may be special ordered in 1-1/8" and 1-1/4" sizes.

Binding Process
#1: Punch the sheets to be bound.

#2: Rotate your back page to the front of your document (this will hide where your wire closes for a more professional look), and insert the wire into the punched holes by hand.

#3: Place your book into the wire closer with the open side of the wire touching the back of the closing wall. Pull the handle down with light pressure.

#4: Rotate your back cover to the front, and your book is bound!

     
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