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Posted on: 2/14/09 1:53 PM
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If you've ever admired the sleek look of a top European designer jacket with invisible magnetic closures and wanted to get that look, you have a couple of options. You can order high energy magnetic closures for $4 per set from the MJ Trims website, though you'd have to add on an undisclosed, and possibly expensive, shipping fee.

Or you can create your own sleek magnetic closures for less than half the cost and save the shipping fee, too. My local Walmart carries PROMag's high energy Magnetic Neo-Buttons for $3.59 for a set of four, enough for two closures. Note that these are not the bulky magnetic purse closures used for handbags and totebags. They're flat, half an inch in diameter and slightly thinner than a nickel. I believe they're the same thin, high energy magnets offered by MJ Trim, but they don't include the clear plastic pockets.

Michael's also carries the same high energy PROMag neodynium magnetic buttons in a different package.

But regardless of where you find your magnetic buttons, please make sure they're specifically marked as "high energy" because weaker magnets will not be strong enough to keep your jacket closed.

To create a magnetic closure, simply take a magnetic disc and sew a small pocket to contain it. I used a tissue thin quilted polyester fabric, but any thin fabric will do.

Then sew the pocket to the wrong side of your jacket facing. The stitches will be visible from the right side of the jacket facing.

But the magnet will not be detectable from the right side of the jacket.

You can cover the spot with a regular button if you wish.
I recently sewed a lightweight jacket with magnetic closures, and the high energy magnets are strong enough to keep the jacket closed.

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kws said... (8/29/12 7:09 PM) Reply
Thanks for explaining the type of magnet and the way to enclose it - so useful.
knitsheila said... (11/15/11 10:58 PM) Reply
I was wondering if you thought this might work through wool.
Patti B said... (1/2/10 10:45 AM) Reply
How interesting! I can see all kinds of uses for this tip -- thanks!
Eider said... (3/20/09 9:54 AM) Reply
Thanks so much , I was not aware of the thin magnetic closures being available . I will look for some , super idea .
Rhoda K said... (3/7/09 3:26 PM) Reply
Great idea! Thanks.
Charrlie said... (3/6/09 1:01 AM) Reply
Sounds very clever
sewtime said... (3/4/09 12:43 PM) Reply
Great tip, thank you!
nicki48 said... (2/28/09 10:31 AM) Reply
Thank you, I have several uses for your tip.
VivianZ said... (2/19/09 7:49 AM) Reply
I wasn't even aware of these closures, but I love the idea. Your directions were clear and concise. Thanks
Winifred said... (2/16/09 5:34 PM) Reply
Great idea - will have to do a search here in the UK. Thanks very much
Cowtown Karen said... (2/15/09 8:22 PM) Reply
Super tip! Thank you!
Barbara3 said... (2/15/09 5:57 PM) Reply
Terrific tip, Nancy, thanks for sharing it. I also think your jacket looks quite nice!
nancy2001 said... (2/15/09 1:40 PM) Reply
Blondie, It probably wouldn't be a good idea to wash a garment with a magnetic closure in a washing machine because the high energy magnet would stick to the machine's steel tub. But I don't see why you couldn't hand wash it.
joan said... (2/15/09 11:41 AM) Reply
Excellent......I will use this for all those bulky textured fabrics that my machine buttonholer hates. Thanks for the tutorial.
carolynw said... (2/15/09 9:28 AM) Reply
Great tip Nancy!!
blondieinparis said... (2/15/09 8:21 AM) Reply
Do you remove the magnets before washing the garment?
Kathy in NM said... (2/14/09 5:33 PM) Reply
Great tip - thanks! These look graet on your jacket.
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