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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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Today I would like to share a review of the Bind It All Tool Kit made by a company called Zutter. This kit is made to accompany their Bind It All machine but is a very useful starter kit for all kinds of papercrafter.

 

Bind It All Tool Kit by Zutter

 

Features of the Kit

 

  • A sturdy cover with a zip round closure keeps all the contents secure and clean
  • Elasticated bands hold all the tools securely, but also make them easy to access
  • A pen
  • A 15cm ruler
  • A needle/piercing tool which has a srew off end that allows you to store needles within the tool itself.
  • A bone folder
  • A Craft Knife
  • Spare blades for the craft knife
  • A retractable tape measure

 

Inside the Bind It All Tool Kit part one 

  

 

On the second panel, over the page as it were are the following tools;

  • A pair of scissors, small but very sharp.
  • A pair of round nose pliers
  • A pair of wire cutters

 

Inside the Bind It All Tool Kit by Zutter

 

 

Here are detail pictures of the needle holder.  Unscrew the end and you can store needles inside the piercing tool.

The Piercing tool is also a handy needle holder 

 

Close up of the piercing tool in the Bind It all tool kit 

 

So who is this kit for?

 

This kit contains all the basic tools to get you started and would be very useful to the following groups;

Bookbinders

Paper crafters

Scrapbookers and card makers; this is great for taking to clubs and classes.

Jewellry makers

 

On line demo

 

The wonderful people over at the Paper Studio have made a video that shows you all the contents of this tool kit and how it would be useful to bookbinders.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=xXrclxjjNfo

 

Links

 

Here is a link to the manufacturers website;

 http://www.binditall.com/

 

Well I think that covers it. If you have any questions or comments do leave me a message in the box below and I will get back to you.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie :)

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Today I bought a Dream Kuts machine by a company called Zutter, and having had a brief play here is my review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ease of Use 10/10

The packaging says ‘So Easy, so fast. Slice through cardstock a dream. Cuts perfect pages in seconds. I would agree with all of that. Does what it say’s on the box!

Value for Money 9/10  

If you want to cut lots of card stock easily this is the one for you.  If you have trouble cutting cardstock either cutting it straight or for dexterity issues, this makes it easy.

Build Quality 8/10 

Excellent blades give a clean accurate cut on cardstock, the mark would be higher but on paper of 80 gsm it is a little more difficult to get such an accurate cut.

Eye Candy 10/10

A silly thing to review on but to some this is of importance so here it is. Looks pretty in a nice blue, doesn’t take up too much of your table either.

Not wanting to repeat information that is already available for the machine on the manufactures web site http://www.binditall.com/  I have tested for the following;

Accuracy and quality of cut

This performs well on 160 gsm cardstock, and standard scrapbook card. I used Die Cuts With A View mat stack and it worked fine. The machine leaves a very clean cut.  The cut was a little more difficult to control on very light weight paper of 80gsm. To get around this on such lightweight paper I did put two sheets through together and this did improve how the machine performed. Only do this for light weight paper, the machine states only to put single sheets through for cardstock.

Accessibility

This machine is very well designed; the handle is grooved making it easier to grip. The action is very smooth and this would be suitable for users with dexterity issues. I have weak hands and reduced grip and it caused me no problems. You require no more pressure to send cardstock through than you do for paper. No MAN muscles required ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage

All the paper feed trays fold back and store flush to the unit so it is easier to store. If you want to know dimensions with all the panels folded this unit measures; 17.5” long, 6.5” wide and 6” tall.

 

Weight

The packaging says under 6lbs. Good combination of light enough that you can move it around your craft room easily but robust enough to do the job. Rubber feet keep it still on your worktop.

Uses

This machine is being sold primarily as a sister product to a tool called a ‘Bind-It-All’ made by the same company. That tool punches holes through pages and boards, you then thread a wire binding on and use the machine to close and there you have a book. The Dream Kuts was designed to enable you to quickly and easily create pages for yourself out of coloured 12 x 12”card stocks. To promote the Dream Kuts only for this purpose seems to sell it short in my humble opinion. There are some size limitations to what the machine will cut, which I will go into later on but this machine would be very useful to anyone wanting to easily and accurately cut card for all sorts of craft projects not just for making books. Card makers can cut A4 down smaller size for their cards and mats. Scrapbooker’s could use this also for cutting coloured panels for their projects. As previously mentioned anyone with dexterity issues will find this very helpful for cutting their card to size as it requires no strong man muscles to use.

Limitations

Just for reference ONLY the single blade has an adjustable paper guide. The other blades that cut the paper into three pieces ONLY fit 12 x 12”. For trimming A4 card stock you can ONLY use the single blade that will cut your card/paper in half. Bear in mind if you want some combinations of sizes, to cut the half sizes first leaving your card stock at 12” long to be able to cut the card into thirds.

 

 

Links

You Tube Video Demo

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=9tXwyhnKQ1c&feature=related

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=rYwDZLopVcA

 

If you have any questions just leave me a comment and I shall do my best to answer them.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie :)

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