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    Purse/ bag Closures

    What do you use for purse/bags/totes closures, such as snaps (what kind), ties or? This is regarding any closure other than zippers. Thanks for any and all suggestions.

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    Hidden magnets are nice

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    Thank you for posting this thread. I have wondered the same thing. I am curious as to the source for some of the hardware I've seen on some of the bag pictures that board members have posted. Where do you buy fasteners, swivel hooks, etc?

    I know how to install grommets, but have no clue about any fasteners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramma nancy View Post
    Thank you for posting this thread. I have wondered the same thing. I am curious as to the source for some of the hardware I've seen on some of the bag pictures that board members have posted. Where do you buy fasteners, swivel hooks, etc?

    I know how to install grommets, but have no clue about any fasteners.
    Joann's, Hobby Lobby, most "crafty" type stores will carry assorted closures......ranging from simple magnetic type closures....on to the more complex closures.
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    I use velcro but just ordered the snap attachment from Nancy's Notions to try that out
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    I like to use the magnetic purse closures. They are similar to a very large snap, but are magnetic instead. They fasten on by inserting 2 prongs through the fabric (you must reinforce it first), and bending the prongs over a kind of a washer-like metal piece on the inside. Joann's carries them and if you buy them with a half off coupon, the price isn't too bad for a package of them.
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    I use the magnetic closures I get at Joann's and also make a loop with fabric and a lovely button, sometimes I will use both. Anything BUT a zipper! The loops are easy-start with a piece of matching fabric cut about 6-7" x 1 1/2" and fold like double fold binding. Stitch along long folded side. Sew both raw ends side by side on the back side of the outside bag (before sewing lining in and stitching the top) in the center, raw ends of purse top and raw ends of loop together, extending loop ends about 1/4" beyond edge of purse top. Be sure your loop is handing down on the outside of the bag back. Now, just tack in place and it will be sewn into the top seam when you sew your lining in. After, bring loop around the front and match up where your button goes. Hope this is clear.
    Last edited by Vanuatu Jill; 01-21-2012 at 02:26 PM. Reason: left out a step

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    I have made and sold hundreds of purses over the years. I use the magnetic snaps for the most part. Most everyone can use them, even my "sweet little ladies" that order purses from me often. They are neat and forgiving, if you are off a little bit with your match up....you can buy them in different finishes to enhance the purses...sort of like an embellisment. You can order them on line or buy them in fabric stores. Be aware of the prices! I prefer the 18mm (3/4") magnetic snaps. JoAnns has a better price than Hancocks or WalMart or even Hobby Lobby and if you use a coupon...BETTER STILL! When I order on line....it's better to order in bulk obviously. I'm sure there might be better places , but I use umei....email: [email protected], Home page: http://www.umei.com
    You will have to call or fax an order to them tho due to price changes. Even if you don't order from them, go to their web site and see what accessories are available for purse making...some good stuff there.
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    BTW....I only use the zippers on the inside along with pockets all around! My customers and I love them! No searching in the bottom of your purse for anything! A place for everything and everything in it's place!
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    quite often large decorative buttons- with loops to go over the button- or velcro (which can be purchased as strips, little round circles, square tabs or even on rolls) but mostly buttons
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    Quote Originally Posted by They are neat and forgiving, if you are off a little bit with your match up....you can buy them in different finishes to enhance the purses...sort of like an embellisment. You can order them on line or buy them in fabric stores. Be aware of the prices! I prefer the 18mm (3/4") magnetic snaps. JoAnns has a better price than Hancocks or WalMart or even Hobby Lobby and if you use a coupon...BETTER STILL! When I order on line....it's better to order in bulk obviously. I'm sure there might be better places , but I use umei....email: [email
    [email protected][/email], Home page: http://www.umei.com
    You will have to call or fax an order to them tho due to price changes. Even if you don't order from them, go to their web site and see what accessories are available for purse making...some good stuff there.
    Good luck!
    Have you noticed that there is a difference in price between the round and square magnet closures?? Ann

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    I've switched to mostly zippers, unless requested by a customer. Zippers really aren't that hard to put in. Look at the technique that the Lazy Girl patterns use and adapt that to your needs. I get zippers from thrift stores at a cheaper price than the magnets. Most people prefer not to have the top of their bag open, both for weather and theft.
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    Just be careful of the magnetic closures they will delete your credit card or hotel card. Just had this happen this spring, wondered why the hotel Key card would not work well it was the magnet on the bag

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North View Post
    Just be careful of the magnetic closures they will delete your credit card or hotel card. Just had this happen this spring, wondered why the hotel Key card would not work well it was the magnet on the bag
    I wondered about that. I actually had a subway card erase when I used it too close to mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North View Post
    Just be careful of the magnetic closures they will delete your credit card or hotel card. Just had this happen this spring, wondered why the hotel Key card would not work well it was the magnet on the bag
    Interesting... I have a small key chain/card wallet that I made with a 1/2" magnetic closure on it. I carry my building entry magnetic card as well as credit and debit cards in it every day for the last 6 months or so with no problems so far. I wonder how long my luck will last.
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    I like this for lots of closures at good prices. Their zippers are not so inexpensive , but have good deals on lots of closures as well as other stuff.
    http://jhittlesewing.com/visitor/index_jhs.html

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