In today’s post I will be reviewing;
Zutter: Bind It All v2.0
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.
- 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 ;)
- 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).
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.
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.
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