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Topic: Using a magnet to keep topit open
Message: Posted by: JonathanM (Nov 19, 2008 11:36AM)
I've used Ammar's topit since 1988. Now, I've purchased this awesome vest from Bobby Maverick at Busker Gear.com and I'd like advice on how to instal the magnet for the topit.
Message: Posted by: MagicSteve84 (Nov 24, 2008 08:20AM)
I will second that. The worker's vest has a much higher topit than the traditional Ammar style.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
Message: Posted by: liampower (Nov 25, 2008 06:37AM)
Well I'm not shure about the vest but ive been uss=ing a magnet to keep the Ammar topit open for about a year now I sometimes work in jeans, tshirt and casual coat and don't tuck my tshirt in so I cant use the flap. just tape a maggnet into the inside of your shirt and put one in the toppit attach them and there you have it, works for me. the only time I had a problem was toppiting a bottle cap and it stuck to the magnet and clinked

Message: Posted by: JonathanM (Nov 25, 2008 08:54AM)
Bobby said to use safety pins to hold the magnets in place - how do you safety pin a magnet?
Message: Posted by: L Trunk (Nov 25, 2008 09:24AM)
Put the safety pin through the fabric, then stick the magnet to it.

... or am I missing something?
Message: Posted by: JonathanM (Nov 25, 2008 10:40AM)
On 2008-11-25 10:24, L Trunk wrote:
Put the safety pin through the fabric, then stick the magnet to it.

... or am I missing something?

I tried that but the magnet won't stay on the safety pin. Maybe my magnets are too heavy?
Message: Posted by: JonathanM (Nov 25, 2008 10:45AM)
Can you describe the magnets you use?
Message: Posted by: L Trunk (Nov 26, 2008 03:40AM)
Sew a magnet in a little bag, attach that to the jacket. Then sew a little magnet or magnetic metal into the topit.
Message: Posted by: milesg (Dec 31, 2008 02:19AM)
I think sewing it in as suggested by L Trunk is the best. To further help matters, you could make your 'little bag' from felt or several layers of your liner cloth to prevent the aformentioned clink. Of course you would want to test its effectiveness before actually sewing it in place to make sure that the thicker fabric doesn't kill the magnet's pull.

Also http://www.kjmagnetics.com/ is the BEST resource for high strength magnets (Hopefully not too strong). The strongest will be the N52 rated models, and you can get them in any size that you like.

Good luck,
Message: Posted by: Scott Fridinger (Dec 31, 2008 06:37AM)
I have a magnet, which my wife has sewen into a small cloth pouch, just the size of the magnet, which I can attach to my jacket using safety pins. I use it it as a ditching device, specifically for use with my Dean's box originally, but I have thought about using it as s place to hold other gimicks to ring in as well. It should work for what you are looking to use as well.
Message: Posted by: dsalley13 (Jan 6, 2009 07:18AM)
I use a couple of home made "Bat" devices on my shirts/blouses and sew a patch on the TopIt's pockets that has a magnet underneath it that has been glued to the patch. PM me if you want all the details