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I am working at my first zine ever for the Swapbot-"Mini-Zine"-Swap and having a real good time; it is called "Friendship Day" and ready so far, and tomorrow I'm going to copy and bind it.
I am really proud of it: nothing fancy, but I am noob and it's my first one ever, so ...!

Now I am wondering how to bind it. Stapling I thought, but my stapler is a small one, and it does not reach the middle of the zine where the brackets would belong.
So what now? Sewing?

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Comment by Melas on August 30, 2009 at 9:45am
@Eunice: Sorry, I have got ten pages for text plus two for cover. ;-)
Comment by Melas on August 30, 2009 at 9:42am
Wow, great, thanks for the answers, you two!

@NicoleIntrovert: Thanks, I try the additional folding (the screwdriver-thing sounds pretty prone to causing dangerous wounds, and me and sewing very surely will cause dangerous wounds...! ;-) ), and if it doesn't work out, I will run to a copy-shop screaming for help... ;-) Thanks!

@Eunice: I did that - following the one-page-folded-into-eight-instruction - just to realize that my text would never fit on that format, because from eight pages you take away the cover and the backside and voila, magically there are only six pages left... 8-)
Now I have done it on one and a half pages meaning eight pages for text and two for cover and backside, and I will cut and bind it. That might mean more work for my first sweetie, but it is fun and the other way it would never have looked tolerably okay.
And I would love to get yours! As long as you keep in mind that I am newbie at zines and that this is my first one, and as long as you promise not to be too disappointed...? ;-)
Comment by Eunice on August 30, 2009 at 9:25am
You don't need to bind it at all, if you're following the one page, folded into eight, and then a slit cut in the middle so you can fold it. I'm doing the swapbot minizine too; would you like a copy of mine in exchange for yours? I don't think you and I are swap partners in this round. Are you going to sign up for next month's? I already have!
Comment by NicoleIntrovert on August 30, 2009 at 9:12am
You could always fold the cover over once more so the stapler would fit. A lot of copy shops have long-arm staplers that you can use for free, though. So check around the copy shop.

There is also a technique where some people staple the zine flat into the floor (you have to have a stapler that would become unhinged to do that) and then fold the taples in with something like a flat-head screwdriver.

you could also sew it, hand or machine. (i did a zine-like letter once and zig-zag sewed the biding).

You could also use rubber bands, but those do eventually get brittle and break.


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