Bag & Wallet Closures - Tips, Tricks and Options

8/01/2017 02:52:00 PM

Are you entered in the "On the Road" 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge? If you are, and you want a few tips on some bag and wallet closures, I've got a little roundup post here for you so you can see a few of the many options available to close up and finish off your amazing bag or wallet entry to this contest. If you haven't heard of this challenge, there are more details about how you can enter at the bottom of this post. Also at the bottom of this post, a chance to win 1 of 2 $40.00 Gift Cards to our shop at emmalinebags.com.

Whether you are making a bag for yourself or a smashing entry to the challenge, you will need to decide what kind of closure to have on your finished project. The options to you are many, and you might be deciding to have your project closed with a zipper, or closed with bag hardware. I'm going to give you a few choices to consider.

Zipper Opening:

Although I think bag hardware is "the cat's pyjamas", sometimes a zipper is all you really need to close up your favourite bag. But what if the pattern you are using doesn't come with zipper closure instructions? No problem, I give you a couple of tips.

You can add a zipper to the top edge of the bag in the seam that connects the lining to the exterior, or you can have it recessed down inside the bag. I like the recessed version because it's more of a professional finish. I've got a tutorial for you that will help you add a zipper inside your bag. It will help you make new lining pieces and insert the zipper gusset into them. So my tip here is to plan this BEFORE you start so you don't have to recut your lining pieces. Go here for the tutorial. 


One thing to keep in mind is the size of bag zipper you are using, and whether it's got nylon teeth or metal teeth. The size is actually the width of the coil or teeth. #4.5 or #5 coil zippers are great for bag making because they are a bit larger and more durable that a small dress zipper, which is a #3. Metal teeth are gorgeous, but you can sew over nylon teeth, so that is something to consider as well.

Magnetic Snap Closures:

Whether you are new to bag making or using bag hardware, or whether you are a seasoned pro, sometimes a simple magnetic snap is exactly what you want to close up your bag. They are quick and easy to install, they are affordable, and they really make your fabric the star of the bag. I've got an easy tutorial to share with you and it will get straight to the point and tell you exactly how to install one. But first a few tips:

  • Don't get your iron on your magnet or you will demagnetize it. 
  • Bigger isn't always better, the thicker magnetic snaps are actually not as strong as the slim versions as there is a larger void inside. The slim style has the magnet closer to the surface. 
  • Always cover the back side of your magnetic snap with interfacing or fabric so that the prongs don't wear through your lining. 
  • Hidden or "Sew In" magnetic snaps are also available if you want them hidden.
  • Most importantly, the magnetic snap is attached BEFORE your lining and exterior are assembled. 

You can look at our selection of magnetic snaps HERE, and get the INSTALLATION TUTORIAL HERE. 


Bag Locks:

The term "Bag Lock" really covers a lot of different hardware closure solutions. You can use "Turn Locks" which close by twisting the locking mechanism, or "Flip Locks" that flip down to close. "Bar Locks" are shaped like a bar and click together or sometimes have a flip lock action. Then there is the section that are referred to as "Press Locks, Thumb Catch, or Tongue Lock", and these are all the same kind of lock where the tongue part slides into the catch.

Assorted purse locks from Emmaline Bags

Why do we want any of these? Simply put, they are just gorgeous and add a professional look to your bag. We just need them in our lives. If you would like to add a bag lock, you can peruse my collection HERE, and see the many styles that are available.

More bag clasp tutorials CLICK HERE! 

If you see one you like, you can hop to our Hardware Installation page and find the tutorial needed to install the lock of your choosing. If you click on the listing for each lock, you will get some installation links there too. Whether you are shopping at our website, or at another, here are some helpful tips for hardware installation:

  • Always use glue to attach your bag lock pieces to your fabric. Use a clear drying fast tack glue that works with metal and fabric like E6000 or Beacon 3-in-1. 
  • Always test for fit before glueing! 
  • Try your screws and if they seem a bit loose, use a small smear of glue on the screw or a smudge of "Loctite" or another thread locking liquid. This will ensure your screws don't fall out! Never drop the Loctite in the hole, it will spill onto your fabric, instead smear it on the screw with a toothpick. 
  • Cover the back side of any prongs or washers with interfacing or fabric so that the prongs don't wear through your lining. 
  • Always cut your holes small to start and increase in size as needed. 
  • There should be no thread or fabric over or in the screw holes when attaching. 


The Press Lock Family!
I hope this helps you choose the right bag closure for your entry in the challenge. Remember, you aren't limited to the one option that comes in a pattern that you purchase, or if you are designing your own, there are a large array of possibilities.

Just for reading my post, and learning more about the "On the Road" challenge, I am offering TWO prizes of a $40.00 Gift Card to be used on anything you would like at emmalinebags.com. Comment below telling me what your favourite bag clasp is, or what you would like to try next and I'll draw randomly from the comments on August 15, 2017 to pick 2 winners. Please don't be anonymous or I won't know who you are. Please leave your name on your comment!

Thanks for reading!

Now a few details about the challenge that is sponsored by my friend Annie:



The On the Road Challenge is sponsored by Road to California and Soft and Stable®. The challenge opened June 15, 2017. You can get official rules, regulations, and conditions along with the entry form wonline at Road to California and ByAnnie.com’s websites or GO HERE.


This blog is part of the "On the Road" Bag Challenge blog hop. To see previous and upcoming posts, we suggest visiting the starting blog to find links. Click here to see the full list.

While there is no limit to the number of entries a person may submit, there is a fee per entry: $10 for an online entry and $15 if the entry is mailed in. All entry packets must be received by October 1, 2017. Winning entries and additional entries selected for display will be notified by December 1, 2017.





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166 comments

  1. I would love to try twist locks! I have only used magnetic snaps and while I love them the twist locks just look so nice!

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  2. I love the half moon magnetic snaps and twist locks; I need to try press locks next.

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  3. I like the magnetic snaps for most wallets - just really like the way they keep the wallet snug, without having to really punch holes. Thanks Janelle!

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  4. I love all bag locks for making wallets. They're secure and oh so stylish. Must admit I'm a zipper fan for purses--seems best for security. Love your shop!

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  5. Hi Janelle. You are my go-to hardware supplier! I want to try the magnetic clasp that's two pieces, a bar and a decorative top piece. Thank you for the drawing opportunity. Kathy - hildasbroom@yahoo.com

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  6. I love using magnetic snaps for my bags because of the convenience and ease of access. Granted, I've only tried a zipper closure once so I should really try it again. This time I'll have your tutorial to guide me! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  7. I have twist locks and a NCW cut out, can't wait to try it!

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  8. Currently I love the quick and simple magnetic clasps. I plan using your pretty heart shaped locks on my next bag though.

    Great blog Janelle!

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  9. Your Mama press lock is so cute! I'm going to have to try that one.

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  10. My favorite is magnetic snaps. To operate, just pull apart!

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  11. Choose a favourite bag clasp? Oh boy that's tough! It all depends on the bag style. I live the large flip lock for NCW but then I have to choose between gold and nickel. I love the small flip locks on the mini NCW but I also love the small twist locks and then there's several finishes to have to choose from. The bar lock that fits on the edge are awesome and there's the bar lock with the side tabs for extra security and the momma tab lock that you can lock with a key, and lets not leave out the edge snap clasps. I love them all so I guess all of them are my favourite. Kathy Buncombe

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  12. Hi! I love magnetic snaps when my environment is "safe". If not, zippers are great. Press lock are providing a certain security and are great looking. My next try will be a twist lock.

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  13. The bar wallet closures with the flip lock. That rose gold one.

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  14. Thank you for this post, what a blessing! I have just started making bags, and I've had no idea of how to close them other then Velcro or a zipper. I didn't realize the other closures were available to home sewers.

    Thank you so much for this post. I will look more into the various applications, but I think the magnetic ones will work best for what I am making: small totes to carry a book/Bible, eyeglasses, notebook, pen/pencil...not big totes, just small ones to grab and go to a quiet plact to read...thank you, thank you!

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  15. I would like to try the twist locks. I have used the magnetic ones, and zippers, but not the twist locks. Thanks for the help with inserting zippers. I like to do this to tote bags, and will refer to this post often.

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  16. I really like the flip lock and have used it on the Quarter Note Clutch. Actually have some winging there way to me now.

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  17. I'm interested in the twist locks, love the way they look.

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  18. I want to try the snappy edge clasp, magnetic edge clasp and the bar locks. next

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  19. Thank you for explaining the difference in magnet strength for the thick and thin snaps. :-) I need to learn to use press locks.

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  20. I would love to try the Mama lock- I have only used magnetic and would like a new experience.

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  21. I like magnetic snaps because they're simple to install but I'd really like to try a press lock.

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  22. I really like the oval flip lock!

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  23. I really like the oval flip lock!

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  24. I love your heart shaped locks for handbags! Thanks for the giveaway! B

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  25. I love the heart shaped locks....so cute!

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  26. I like magnetic snaps for most small bags. Would like to try the twist locks on my next bag.

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  27. Thank you so much for the information. I have been wanting to change. Bag from button closure to zipper, but not sure how to do that.
    Well now that is my next project, figure out how to put a zipper in place of button and loop.
    Thank you so much
    Terry Rosebrock

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  28. I use magnetic snaps, but I am intrigued by twist locks. Thanks for the chance.

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  29. I've just tried my first Turn Lock on my first NCW and can't wait to use them again and try some other types of closures too! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  30. I seem to go for the turn locks. I would like to try the zipper ends or the metal piece you put on the front edge of your bag. Those give the bag a very nice look. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  31. I'm just getting started making bags and wallets, I have only used magnetic snaps. I didn't realize that ironing them made them lose their magnetism! wow. thank you for your tutorials

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  32. Thanks for the great tips in this post! And thanks for the generous giveaway too. I love magnetic closures because they are easier to install and to use in the finished bag.

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  33. I love magnetic snaps, but I'm excited to try twist locks at some point.

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  34. Magnetic snaps here too although I'm itching to try some different ones!

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  35. Love the twist locks- not tried them but definitely need to! Maybe when I attempt the NCW!

    Chris Bevan

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  36. I can't hardly make a bag with a magnetic snap somewhere on it. I also love all the pretty color zippers.

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  37. I love the magnet snaps, but I'm going to try the twist lock on my next project. :)

    Brandi Oakley

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  38. I love twist locks. I'm eager to try bar locks. I just love the sleek look of the bar lock.

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  39. I always use a turn lock on the clutch wallets I make from your pattern. They are my favorite!

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  40. I love the rectangular bag locks. Simple, clean and symmetrical. :)

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  41. I prefer zippers but would like to try a flip lock.

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  42. Great info! I love magnetic snaps. Would love to try bag locks next.

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  43. I want to try a flip lock. Never did one before but I love the look on them

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  44. I am fairly new to this bag making art, so I've only done zippers and sewn in magnetic snaps. All of the hardware is beautiful and a little scary to try, but I'm ready willing and able to try these new skills.

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  45. I have used the magnetic snaps a few times now but would love to try the ones that lock. Making bags is a new venture for me and I'm really enjoying it, especially with all your hints and tips!

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  46. I like many locks but mainly the Tongue Lock and Flip Locks. Thanks for the opportunity to win and the great post.

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  47. Magnetic snaps, love them!
    Zippers, love them too!
    I've only put a twist lock in once and it took FOREVER! but it's been a couple months and my new NCW pattern is calling my name so I may have to give them another try.

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  48. I would love to try the new twist clasps. I will be retiring soon and looking forward to making some of your beautiful bags.

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  49. i love the magnetic clasps. They are simple to install and work so well on wallets. Another love is the twist locks, a more professional look. Looking forward to using a locking clasp next.
    Diane, kssk9395@yahoo.com

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  50. Hi Janelle,

    I have my eye on the Heart twist lock in your shop. Just need the right bag or wallet. Is there any chance of having an Antique Brass option?

    Thank You for the opportunity to win a gift card.

    Sincerely,
    Linda McAdams

    mcadams.linda@gmail.com

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  51. I always use slim magnetic clasps for my clutches. But I would love to make a bag with a zipper closure, I don't feel confident enough with my purse making skills to try that, some day I hope to though!

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  52. I love your shop and use your hardware for all my bags and wallets; always the best quality. Your tips are super helpful too. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  53. Love lots of types of closures, but mainly use the tongue locks and slim magnetic snaps. Thanks for this opportunity Janelle. :)

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  54. Hello. Thank you for the proposal. I would like to test the rectangular bar lock.
    Jossi

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  55. My favourite bag lock is the oval turn lock one that we use on the NCW. I have installed eight so far and they always look amazing.

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  56. I Love the turn locks!! But I'm starting to like magnetic snaps a lot more too :)

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  57. Hi I am Jayne Griffith and my favourite bag closure is the #4.5 handbag zippers.

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  58. I love using turn locks, I think they add a sophisticated look to any bag :)

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  59. So far the favourite I've tried is the magnetic snap just because you can flip it closed and it'll most likely catch (unless it's really full :p ) I'd love to try some of the other styles plus so many more of your products!!!

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  60. I would like to try a twist clasp, because I've used zippers and magnetic snaps. But what I would really like to learn how to do is insert a zipper in a bag like store-bought purses....the zipper gusset is closed at each end. I've closely inspected purses and can't figure out how it's done.

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  61. I would love to try putting in two zippers in my next necessary clutch wallet. I'm having so much fun using your wonderful patterns and products. Thanks so much!

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  62. Oh I love the twist locks & that heart one is adorable!
    I made one wallet with my daughters help(shes a pro at it!)
    hoping to make some purses next :)

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  63. Love the circle turn lock! Definitely the next new fastener to try!

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  64. I love the heart-shaped bag lock. I've just started making bags so thanks for all your great patterns! Linda Webster

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  66. I love the twist locks but want to try a press lock - already have one here waiting for my next project - thanks!

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  67. I always do zipper or magnetic. But I would love to not fear the clasp!

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  68. Those twist locks really add character to a bag....U make them seem so easy to install...Thanks for all the tips! I will definitely try one on my next bag.

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  69. Oh,I would love to try the new 7 1/2" Wallet Closure!

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  70. I have not tried the twist clasp/closures. I have used the press locks and do like them. I really want to get the Homemade embellishment. I think it would class up my bags.

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  71. Love the tutorial on a recessed zipper

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  72. I would love to try the flip locks...I have some, but haven't had a chance to try them out! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  73. Your twist locks have been my favorites so far. I next want to try the the press locks (minus the key). Thanks for carrying such awesome hardware!!

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  74. I haven't tried magnetic clips, yet. But I have like them on purses I've had, so would like to use them in ones I make.

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  75. I haven't tried any clips yet mainly because I haven't tried making any purses. I'm a beginner and still need to get my nerve up. I really like that this is Canadian thank you Janelle. :-)R

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  76. Kathleen Bulford BardenAugust 3, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    That heart shaped turn lock looks really cute. Since I use most of the bags I make for gifts, these would be especially appropriate for my bags. I teach bag classes at my local quilt shop and have encouraged them to purchase your outstanding hardware. I found you because they carry your frames for the Retreat Bag. Say Hi to my family in Grand Prairie!

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  77. I am just getting started making bags - and I'm blown away by all the clasp choices. I think my Granddaughter would love the 'heart twist clasp' on her bag. Thanks for all the great information and inspiration!

    Pam Forristall pforristall@hotmail.com

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  78. Thank you for all the great tutorials. I could easily become (okay maybe I already am judging by the array of bag hardware in my sewing room) a bag hardware junky!! So many wonderful choices I really don't know where to start! Excited you are carrying the wallet frames for the diva wallet! Best, Gail DeSimio

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  79. I would like to try a flip lock. Love all the bag hardware. It adds so much.

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  80. So hard to choose one !!! but I love the handmade bar lock. It provides a nice strong latch and the antique brass goes with anything!

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  81. I want to try the magnetic clasp, I just got a pattern that calls for one so I guess I need to jump in and try them. Also need to try the frames on the retreat bag, another item I have never tried

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  82. I would like to try the wallet bar closure or hidden magnet.

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  83. I love twist locks, but I would like to try flip locks and thumb catch locks.

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  84. I like all the options. I have used magnetic snaps and zippers, but plan to try the other options in the future

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  85. The press locks with little keys are sooo adorable and totally say "my secret diary" ๐Ÿ˜‰ I'm trying those next ! ๐Ÿ”

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  86. I love magnetic snaps! They are great for most everything! I would like to try the twist locks!

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  87. I have used magnets and zippers but would like to try bag locks. I really enjoy your tutorials.

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  88. Just received a zipper with a "hamdmade" pull in the mail. It is beautiful. I'm new to bag-making and your blog and shop. What a fabulous resource! I can't wait to finish my bag and show it off. Thx for the tips and tutorials. They are really helpful. Janet S.

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  89. I love the twist locks. They have such a 50s or 60s feel about them.

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  90. I love Emmaline's twist locks and magnetic snaps! They are such high quality and work beautifully! And I love that they come in such pretty colours.

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  91. I so love the twist locks, especially the heart shaped ones. Seeing the new 7.5" makes me want to make a new purse with one!
    I frequently make bags & purses and I love them all, particularly the NCW as I have learnt to make so many variations no 2 are the same๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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  92. I would have to say I like the magnetic snaps the best. I don't have to worry about cutting into my project.

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  93. I am going to try your beautiful copper oval flip lock bag closure next. I haven't used a bag lock yet so I am excited to upgrade the look and ease of closing of my bag. I absolutely love the copper!

    Susan

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  94. The mama is the one I like best. Perfect size for the bags I make :)

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  95. I'm comfortable with magnetic snaps, that's all I've done so far. I would love to try a twist lock someday I will work up the courage to do it.

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  96. I have not tried the clasp locks yet, but am interested in doing so. I have done zippers and magnetic closures. Next up - clasps!

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  97. I love having a tutorial to go with with hardware. It makes it so much easier to produce a bag that I am proud of - - -

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  98. Fav bag closure is the magnetic snap but would like to try a Lock soon.

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  99. Would like to try the flip locks. Thank you for doing this.
    Connie Hudson

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  100. I like the twist locks...i think they look so nice. With tge right tools one can learn quickly to install. Magnetic are nice when you want to show off your material.

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  101. Hi All: The flip locks have great style and match with other bag hardware accessories. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  102. What I'd like to try next is sewing the Retreat Bag. I've got my internal frames (thank you so much for such fast delivery), now to select my fabric.

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  103. I am so thankful for the tutorials...I would like to try the twist locks.
    bonnibopp@yahoo.com

    Bonnie Nelson

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  104. Big fan of magnets so now collecting all items to use a twist lock on my first NOW. Thanks for your help!

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  105. Linda Swanson lindaswa@telus.netAugust 3, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    I have made wallets with the twist lock. Love the large wallet paytern

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  106. I love the magnetic snaps for closure, although any of the purses I own, I never seem to close them up! I would love to try the twist lock closures. Thanks for all the great tips and items to explore.

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  107. I've only used magnetic snaps so far, but am anxious to try the bar clasp wallet closures and the Rozy pattern! Thanks for the great information in this post!

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  108. I really love using magnetic snap locks for bags and wallets but the laptop bag I'm working on now has the tongue locks from your store in antique bronze and they look amazing! I'm thinking a turn lock might be next on the agenda for the Cleo Everyday Wallet I have in mind. ��

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  109. I have just bought my first bag pattern from you, and have yet to use any one if your bag closures. I gave a lot to learn but am so excited-problem is, I love all of them! I think I'm going to use the twist lock first. /Tracy Hastings

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  110. Being a long time dressmaker turned quilter, I do prefer the easy method of installing zippers! Magnetic closures rank right next to the zippers as favorite closures.

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  111. New to bag making so have only used magnetic snaps. I'm ready to try a twist lock on a NCW. Such pretty hardware!

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  112. I have only used magnetic snaps, zippers and twist locks- my favourite for looks are twist locks, but I really want to try press locks!

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  113. My favourite way to close a bag is with a zipper. Thank you so much for the tutorial on altering your lining,etc to include a zipper.
    I must admit though that I used press locks on the bridal bags I made from your Craftsy class and they look stunning. I was even able to secure a press lock on the gathered front. I want to try out more of these.

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  114. Right now I'm using the turn-lock closures for the outside of bags. Although I have used magnetic closures, there are times when the turn lock is more secure.

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  115. I'm so new to bagmaking that I've only used zippers and magnetic snaps. Thank goodness for great tutorials as I really want to try the turn locks and the cute press locks (with keys). How cute are they?! Love the look!

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  116. I want to try flip locks. They look so great! And also those gorgeous handles.

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  117. I am looking forward to making the Retreat Bags and have ordered the hardware for them! I always LOVE a great zipper charm and your metal "handmade" add on hardware is something on my list to try!

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  118. For practicality and my own use, I like zippers. However, for decorative style, I love your half moon magnetic catches.

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  119. I would love to try twist locks. Looks like fun!

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  120. I want to try the twist lock hardware, well..actually I want to try them all! Hardware is the best part!

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  121. I'm going to attempt the press lock-papa size. Not sure which bag to use, but would like to make a larger bag with the papa lock.

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  122. I have used the twist lock and now I want to try the press lock. Love learning and using such professional hardware.

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  123. Julie payne- Thanks for all of the great info! I am going to try the edge clasp on my next bag....something new for me.

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  124. My favorite (from the ones I've tried yet) is the half moon magnetic edge clasp. It looks so sleek and clean, but it keeps the bag easy to open.

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  125. Just ordered a bunch of bag hardware. Looking forward to trying out the half moon clasp.

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  126. I love the look of the bag locks. I've only ever used magnetic closures, so I would love to try one of those! THANKS for the opportunity!

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  127. HI Janelle,
    I enjoy all of the patterns and hardware in your line. You have a great selection of styles and color. Keep up the good work.
    Linda Radford

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  128. Your NCW is my favorite pattern of all time. I use magnetic snaps but am getting up the courage to try twist locks. So professional-looking!

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  129. I like the zipper w/gusset closures. I always turn my bags topsy turvy when I drop it.

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  130. Hi, I'm Gretchen and I love the magnetic snaps but am exited to try your bag locks! Love the styles!

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  131. Lorna Morrison (fbcheferette@hotmail.com)August 4, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    So far I have used twist locks, flip locks, half moon and magnetic snaps. Love them all! I do want to try the bar lock but have to decide on a project to use it with. Thanks Janelle for all the fantastic hardware you make available.

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  132. My go to is always magnetic clasps! I like to use twist locks too!

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  133. I have zippers down pat and have used magnetic snaps. Would love to try pretty twist locks!!

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  134. Sheila Kerr (skerr@frontiernet.netAugust 4, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    I absolutely love the press lock family and want to try to mama first. Love the products you choose to sell.

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  135. I am fairly new to wallet and bagmaking so have only used zippers and magnetic snaps so far. Thank goodness for wonderful tutorials as I'd love to try turn locks and those really cute press
    locks (with the little keys). So cute! Thanks again,
    Cindy Huggins Hugci@comcast.net

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  136. I am fairly new to wallet and bagmaking so have only used zippers and magnetic snaps so far. Thank goodness for wonderful tutorials as I'd love to try turn locks and those really cute press
    locks (with the little keys). So cute! Thanks again,
    Cindy Huggins Hugci@comcast.net

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  137. I have never used clasp hardware other than a magnetic snap but I really like the look of the rectangle twist lock.... Maybe one day I will be brave enough. :)

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  138. Would love to try out the new twist locks!

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  139. I love the magnetic closures and would like to try the snapclousers

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  140. Looking to try the flip locks next!

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  141. I use slim magnetic clasps often and really like them. I also have the feeling that there is a twist lock in my near future!

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  142. I love the half moon claps! I'm going to try the copper twist locks next! <3

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  143. Hi Janelle, my favorite is the heart turn lock. I use this one the most with my NCW. Although I have used both magnetic and flip locks from you, my favorite is still the heart shaped turn lock!

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  144. I love a magnetic lock for its ease of use. I would love to try a flip lock. I've not done one yet.

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  145. I was introduced to Emmaline Bags at a sewing retreat. I like the looks of the heart shaped twist lock.

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  146. I use the magnetic snap and really like it for the easy installation but...would love to try the a small bar lock in nickel I think it just makes a bag shine!

    I am working with your craftsy course on clutches and am really enjoying it and getting some great ideas for my bags. Thanks so much

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  147. Thanks for your tutes! I love learning new or different approaches.

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  148. Thanks again for another contest. I have a number of locks and am anxious to use the flip lock in the next purse. I have done the NCW more than once.

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  149. Oh My! I love your article & ideas. I loved all the locks,snaps. Each one would be awesome to try. I can't wait to try all of them and your patterns. Thanks for a contest!

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  150. I've done several magnetic snaps, and now I think I'd like to give twist locks a try. They look fun!

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  151. I'm eagerto try the press locks!

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  152. I almost always use zippers for a nice secure closure. I think it's time to branch out and look into bar locks or half moon snaps. I enjoy your blogs and tuts, but mostly I enjoy your products and love the quality of everything I've purchased so far. Keep up the good work and thank you.

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  153. Zippers all the way! I have been known to add a zipper to those free bags from convention :-) Actually, I'm in the market for zippers that lock with a key. Those are pretty cool! Sometimes a flap over a zipper adds a nice dimension to the handbag, and thus far, I've only used magnets. Just starting to branch out into the twist locks.

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  154. I am new to bag making and have only used a sew-in magnetic snap and would love to try the twist locks. Have so much to learn and thanks for the chance.

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  155. I've used a ton of magnetic snaps but I'm looking forward to learning to use press locks and turn locks. I bought several from your website because they're so pretty but haven't found the exact right pattern/fabric combinations to best show them off.

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  156. I love trying new handle attachments and closures for my bags to make them unique. I plan on getting the new NCW 7.5" bar style wallet closures to try......right after I get the three bags I've got cut out finished! And a thank you to Janelle for the wonderful tutorials that make this so easy!

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  157. I like the look of the large flip lock. Anxious to try out the pattern I got last time and look forward to trying more.

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  158. I would like to try the press lock on my next nessary wallet

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  159. I want to try a rectangle clasp. So far I've only used magnetic.

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  160. Just used my first bag lock on my first NCW! It turned out great! And I have my zips all ready to go for my Prairie Girl bag. Just need to sit and sew. :)

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  161. Ive been making the NCW and using the magnetic snaps, but I'd like to advance to the cute twist lock and push snaps. Sew cute!!!

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  162. I love all the products I have used from you. My newest favorite is the Baby press lock.

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