When I design bags that have unusual shapes, it can sometimes get tricky when deciding what sort of closure to use. For example, this bag has an asymmetrical curve along the top and in order for the curved ends to meet properly, the front and back sections needed to butt right up against each other.
One way was to use standard magenetic snaps, but these left a slight gap between the front and the back sections of the bag which looked a bit odd. The solution was to use invisible sew-in magnetic snaps which are flat and snap the sections together totally.
It’s very easy to install invisible magnetic sew-in snaps. The plastic pocket allows you to position and stitch the magnet to your project, usually underneath the lining. I’m using Peltex stabilizer as the under-structure to make the purse and I’ve stitched two magnetic snaps close to the top edge on the inside of the front section of the purse, one at each end.
Then I’ve aligned and stitched another two snaps to the inside of the back section of the purse.
I used a simple zigzag stitch to give it a little extra security so they don’t come loose.
The lining is then positioned over the top of the snaps and they become totally invisible except for a slight bump on the surface. Once the snaps are sewn in, the rest of the bag can be completed.
Now the front and the back of the purse simply clamp shut – very elegant – and invisible!
When attaching these snaps to other types of bags and purses where you don’t have the support of a rigid stabilizer, you would normally sew the snaps to a small piece of stabilizer or interfacing slightly larger than the snap casing, and then sew them directly to the lining, the interlining, or the bag interfacing.
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