[nobe-l] OT: Braille embossers, question for Heather

Kathy Nimmer goldendolphin17 at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 23 20:37:49 UTC 2012

  The Everest can braille on any thickness of paper then? So, I could use the heavier braille paper or thinner braille paper or for something nonpermanent just copy paper? This intrigues me because for some things that I would just want to have at my  fingertips for a day at school, I wouldn't have to waste good paper. But, there are things I would want to keep longer, so I need to be sure it can handle a range of paper thicknesses. Thanks, and thanks to everyone for the input. I feel rather like Cinderella, getting to go  to a ball I never anticipated being invited to attend!!

> From: missheather at comcast.net
> To: nobe-l at nfbnet.org
> Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:37:32 -0500
> Subject: Re: [nobe-l] OT: Braille embossers
> Hello Kathy,
> Great news about your embosser. You'll wonder how you lived without it once 
> you get it.
> A major factor to consider is whether or not you are prepared to sit around 
> for ages ripping pages apart, and ripping off the tractor feed lines from 
> the edges of pages once each document is embossed. Obviously, this horrible 
> means of stabilising printer paper went out with the dot matrix printers, 
> years ago. And, the office workers of the world rejoiced. However, it's 
> still very much alive and well in the blindness field, thanks to the design 
> of most braille embossers.
> If, like me, you have better things to do with your time than wrestle with 
> an antiquated form of printer paper, then your choices of embossers are very 
> limited. Fortunately, I have found the Everest to be a great embosser. 
> Because it was ground breaking technology when it first came out in the late 
> nineties, it had some problems in the first model. However, these issues are 
> long ago resolved though the reputation took a while to recover. So, ignore 
> anyone who tells you that the Everest embosser has problems due to design. 
> It absolutely doesn't. It's also quiet when in it's cabinet. It's 
> double-sided and easily adjusts to different paper sizes. It takes regular 
> braille paper and is a single sheet feed embosser. I'm not sure if the Index 
> embosser that Denise mentioned has single sheet feed. It's certainly made by 
> the same company. Perhaps you might start by visiting the Index embossers 
> website and reading up on the various models.
> Another advantage of the embossers which don't use tractor feed paper is 
> that they will also braille/emboss paper which you can buy inexpensively 
> from your local office supplies store like Office Depot or Staples. This 
> results in a really big saving in paper costs.
> So, after that long preamble, I'd encourage you to look into a single sheet 
> feed embosser. As a side note, I agree with Mike that the Juliet is a 
> fabulous, simple to use, heavy duty embosser and the price is very 
> competitive as well. I had one but the tractor feed drove me absolutely 
> crazy so our time together was short and tumultuous and not very sweet.
> Enjoy the search and please let us know what you finally choose and why.
> Warmest regards,
> Heather
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Kathy Nimmer
> Sent: Monday, March 19, 2012 4:32 PM Subject: [nobe-l] OT: Braille embossers
> Hello,
>   I have the awesome possibility of purchasing a braille embosser for my own 
> use, with funds that are being gifted to me unexpectetly. This would grant 
> me the ability to have braille copies of materials I created myself and 
> teach in class, not to mention the poems and stories and articles I teach 
> from our lit anthology. Anyway, it has bee about twentyy years since I 
> thought about a braille embosser, largely because of the price. Does anyone 
> haveany insights on good versus bbad embossers, features worth it or not, 
> companies to consider or avoid, one sided versus two sided brailling? I'd 
> love any opinions or leads. Thanks.
> Kathy
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