What materials can you use in the Thermal Cinch?

Felt, cardstock, fabric, acetate, leather, and chipboard. Don't use plastic on the spine. If it melts with an iron, it will melt in the Thermal Cinch

Why do I have loose pages after binding? What do I do with loose pages after binding?

Loose pages after binding are due to the pages not all being flush against the glue before binding. This can happen from pages being misaligned, of from over filling or under filling your spine before binding. Loose pages can be fixed by repeating the heating process and then tapping the book spine horizontally against a hard flat surface a few times before cooling. To prevent this, tap the spine on a hard surface before putting your project into the thermal cinch.

What temperature does the machine bind at?

The temperature of binding of the Thermal Cinch is 140±10 celsius, or 275 Fahrenheit.

Is there an auto shut off? How soon?

Auto shut off is 30 minutes.

What is the max spine width?

1.4 inches.

Tips & Tricks

  • When working with multiple materials, add additional adhesive to the spine edges for extra security
  • To make thinner books, you can cut the adhesive strips vertically. For wider books, lay adhesive side by side in a row.
  • Sometimes glue melts out of the edge of you projects and sticks to the bottom of your Thermal Cinch. Before adding a new project, check your Thermal Cinch for glue. If there is glue stuck in your machine, heat up your Thermal Cinch until glue is melting and run a baby wipe across the heating strip of your machine with pliers or another tool. Do not put your hand into the Thermal Cinch when hot.
  • Use the included clip to hold bookmarks and other accessories away from the heating element so they don't get stuck in the spine. The clip can also be used to hold your pages together.