|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.