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In today’s post I will be reviewing; 

Zutter Bind It All Machine v2.0

Zutter Bind It All Machine v2.0

Zutter: Bind It All v2.0 

Purpose 

It took me a long while to decide that I needed one of these. The original was never going to work for me as the gap the card goes into to punch, was too narrow. This was resolved on the second edition and I was lucky enough to get this for Christmas last year. I thought it would be handy for quick simple projects as an alternative to the hand sewn books I usually create. 

Pros/Cons 

Pro’s 

  • V2 has a wider ‘throat’ so you can now properly cover mat board or chipboard for a more professional finish to books
  • Sturdy robust design, does indeed punch through thick card, without much effort
  • It’s also handy to repair notebooks who’s wire binding has loosened over time ;)

Cons 

  • My DVD instructional guide didn’t work :( luckily the entire thing is on You Tube so I could watch on there
  • It is quite awkward to use. It’s tricky to keep your project flat and flush with the narrow base of the tool. You can do it, it just takes a while to get used to it.
  • The instructions aren’t that great. But there are many tutorials on You Tube that help you along.
  • PINK! Why do so many manufacturers think people want their craft rooms to look like kids rooms! I am not 5, I do not need my tools to be candy pink, so I’ll use them. (Personal gripe, coz I’m not a fan of pink).

Build Quality 

Good, the main body of the machine is metal, encased in plastic. This makes for a robust machine. 

Value for Money 

This depends on how much you will use it ;) Mine was in a sale and at the sale price was good value. To be honest I don’t use it enought to pay the full RRP on it. 

Would I buy it Again? 

Errr, I’d like to see the Cinch in action before I answer that one. The BIA has the advantage that it is much smaller to store, but the awkwardness in use, seems to be solved by the Cinch design. I prefer how the Cinch lets you place your project flat on the bed of the machine as you punch. But the BIA wins for crimping closed the O wires, the Cinches design may let it down a little in that  respect, but I’ve not seen one in person, in action. 

Summing up 

If you find life too short to sew bind books and like wire bindings, then this is a great little tool. It’s a good price for what it does and is as strong as the advertising suggests. If you get a chance to do a class with one first, it would be a good idea to try before you buy. It is a bit awkward but it is much faster if you want books in a hurry. Makes great little personalised projects quickly, ideal if you want to make memory books for handmade gifts for friends and family. 

Links 

Bind It All Manufacturers site. Although this product is made by Zutter the, Bind It All has a dedicated website. 

Bind It All Blog 

Zutter Zisters; Community forum and projects 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Originally this project started out as a way to collect together memorabilia from a holiday, it then evolved into a handy storage journal for hand-made cards.  

Card Storage Journal; Cover

Card Storage Journal; Cover

This is my first major project with the Bind It All machine and after working out how to make a cutting template so I got the holes just where I wanted them I was much happier. I used mat board for the covers (the kind picture framers use for layering) and added my own stamped papers to decorate the pages.  

Card Storage Journal; Inside Cover

Card Storage Journal; Inside Cover

On the inside cover I added a pocket to hold stamps, and then each envelope pocket holds a different month’s cards. I made little tab labels to easily navigate to the month I was looking for and the Making Memories Calendar stamp set made a nice finish to them. On the note page on each envelope I’m going to write the date and name of the person who needs a card, then when I’ve made a card I just pop it in the envelope ready. No more scrabbling around at the last-minute. I was going to add a ribbon closure then forgot when I pasted on the end papers DOH, now I’m waiting as I’m saving up for one of Tim Holtz Sizzix dies and hope to make a fancy closure with it and some grunge paper.  

Card Storage Journal; Inside Pages

Card Storage Journal; Inside Pages

This would make a great present for a friend and if you would like a detailed tutorial on how to make one leave me a comment and I’ll try to get one up in good time so you can make some as holiday gifts for friends and family.  

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon  

Billie :)

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