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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.

http://www.mjtrim.com/Catalog/Product/894513/26763/26763.aspx

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.

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj46/nancynancy2001/P2130951.jpg

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

http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=gc0468

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.

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj46/nancynancy2001/P2130950.jpg

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.

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj46/nancynancy2001/P2130953.jpg

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

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj46/nancynancy2001/P2130954.jpg

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