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51  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make a hidden magnetic closure on bag?? on: November 02, 2005 08:38:21 PM
I was falling asleep and had an idea for your hidden magnetic closures.  First what you need is a good magnet and something thin that it is attracted to.  Either another magnet (but I would be worried about the magnets flipping and then only pushing against each other and not attracting each other) OR a thin piece of metal (not aluminum).  I think that a large washer would work well.  I'd go to the hardware store, find some magnets and then go to the washer aisle and find a washer at least 2x the size of my magnet (since you don't want to be careful about matching). Be sure that your magnet is attracted to your washer before going home.   If you can find a magnet with a hole in the center would be easiest for the method I'm going to use.  Now you need some really good iron-on fusible interfacing (so you don't have to sew through your good fabric).  I would sew the washer and the magnet to good sized pieces of your interfacing then iron the interfacing onto your fabric in the right spots.  If you can't find magnets with hole in them you might need to sew little pouches for the magnets then sew the pouch to the interfacing then iron the interfacing onto your main fabric.  I think I'd put the magnets in the flap and the larger washers in the body of the bag.  I hope this doesn't sound too complicated.  Good luck making your bag.
52  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Magnetic Snaps (version 2) on: November 01, 2005 12:31:31 PM
Great Tute!  I do my snaps in a very similar way but I must be lazier cause I don't cut my interfaceing into circles.  A few things I thought I'd mention is that I bend the tabs on the back side of the snaps in instead of out.  I figure it is one less sharp thing to try and break through the fabric.  Then to finish it all off I add another extra layer of iron-on interfacing over the back side of the snap to cover up the ugly snap fastening.  I don't know if it is really necessary but I do this in order to keep the back side from rubbing through to the good side of the bag just in case the bag encounters a lot of friction, somehow.

I also like drawing my lines on the good side of the bag lining before cutting so I can hold the pieces together and make sure that the two sides of the snaps will really fit together.   All and all this is a great tute with good pictures.  Much better than the complete lack of information they give on the snap packaging.
53  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: sundress with tutorial! on: October 25, 2005 05:12:34 PM
Hi Smiley  I think your dress is really beautiful and it looks great on you.  I'm a super new sewer (haven't made clothes yet).  I'm a bit confused about your diagram.  I understand the bust and the waist part.  But how do you figure out how big to make it at the hips so that it fits?  Am I just missing a measurement that everyone else takes for granted?  Shouldn't we be measureing the hip circumference and that distance from the waist?  I'm excited about making such a pretty form fitting dress.
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