And what I got were THESE super-sticky non-pvc-coated magnet snaps. (Those are heavy 12-inch tailors shears they're holding up, folks!).
My suppliers in Asia are not particularly interested in a return or swap arrangement, so I'm making the best of the situation and playing with my new friends, the magnets. Trying new things.
Super-Sarah wants to make fridge-magnets out of them. Not a bad idea... they'll never fall off!!
In fabric heavier than quilting cotton, I reckon they'd be fine to be placed directy on the (wrong side of) fabric and "trapped" with a layer of fabric sewn over the back of them. On leather you could probably just glue them into place between the outside and the lining of whatever you're making.
On the fine cotton and silk that I was trying to sew, I thought they showed through a little too much without a bit of softening, so I made my own "sew-in" magnets!
I laid the magnets on a scrap of light fusible interfacing. (You could equally use organza or voile with vliesofix or basting spray, I think...).
Folded it over.Pressed the interfacing to fuse it...
...to both sides of the magnets.
With a zipper foot I sewed around the magnets - to stop them slipping and moving with use over time. I don't trust the interfacing to stick together forever. (Did I ever mention that I'm hyper-cautious about ensuring things don't fall apart??).
I forgot to take a photo of this step, but you can see the finished magnet below - all pinned in place and ready to be sewn in.
Ok... so we're into another tutorial now. I'll follow with another post of my new last-minute-gift idea tutorial, which uses the new sew-in magnets. Watch this space.
In the meantime, I'm selling the magnets off VERY close to cost price. They'll be up on the website very soon.
I'm off to check my product codes before I place another order.....