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Purse Closure

San | Posted in General Sewing Info on

The evening purse I’m making is ready for the closure to be attached.  I  purchased a magnetic snap as the pattern says,    but there are NO directions for application.    I know it goes through and the prongs bend in.  However, my purse is pretty thick.   The lightweight outer layer has fusible interfacing,  then comes the padding.       A soft fleece layer,  a stiff interfacing (like a buckrum)    and another soft fleece layer.        My question is…do I push the magnetic snap through ALL the layers…  or …ONLY through to the stiff layer??                    ( My lining fabric is silk with only fusible interfacing and no fleece.)        Your help is appreciated!

Edited 6/14/2005 9:58 pm ET by San


  1. sueb | | #1

    Hi San,

    I've made a ton of bags and use the magnetic snaps all the time.  you should put the prongs thru all the layers of the lining of the bag.  It will help to keep it secure.  I usually put the prongs thru a piece of cardboard or timtex before I bend them back too.

    good luck !




    1. San | | #3

      Hi sue,  Do you mean through all my padding layers?... .I haven't sewn the lining in yet.    There might not be enough room left for cardboard as it is pretty THICK already.   How much prong is needed to bend over?           Since my outer fabric is like a satin,  would I attach it really tight or just snug so it doesn't indent the fabric too much?    Sorry for so many questions... I just want it to look good..it's a gift. 

      1. sueb | | #4

        yes thru all of the padding layers, but you need to install it thru the top of the lining layer as well since the top of the magnetic snap needs to be on the outside of the fabric.  If it's already really thick and sturdy then don't worry about the cardboard.  I only do that if I think there's a chance that the fabric will not be able to support the snap.  You want it to be snug because you don't want it to pull away from the fabric as it's being used and tear it.  You need to bend as much prong as it takes to hold it in place,  I usually bend my prongs to the inside  so that they overlap one another but I've seen it done both ways.  (I took a lot of commercially prepared handbags apart before I started making and designing my own for my business!)

        No need to worry about asking too many questions - I am happy to help, I have no problem sharing all my secrets if it makes it easier for the next person !


        Edited 6/16/2005 5:26 am ET by sue

  2. DONNAKAYE | | #2

    San, I think you're the one I discussed fusible interfacings and lycra bindings with previously. My sister-in-law is in the business of making purses. Please e-mail me at [email protected]. I am glad to share this information with you, but I don't want it on the public notices.....  (Any other friends who may wish to e-mail me directly are surely welcome.  My sister-in-law keeps her "trade secrets" very close to her breast!)

    Donna Childress Brandt

    (daughter of Audrey Childress, Certified Bishop Method

    Master Teacher Trainer)

    Edited 6/15/2005 8:10 am ET by DONNAKAYE

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