Stitch for Hammock Hems
I was wondering if it would be better to use a zig-zag stitch for hemming the sides of a hammock instead of straight stitch. My reason is that with straight stitching the tension will all be on the thread if the fabric stretches more that the thread. With zig-zag this wouldn't happen.
I've done both - a wide zigzag and a double straight stitch. I like the straight stitch better so far because it doesn't let the hammock sides stretch out and sag unnecessarily due to the stress of entry/exit.
I've always used a straight stitch. I'd have to check the book, but I think the instructions in Ed Speer's hammock camping book uses a straight stitch.
I noticed in one of the pics of Warbonnet hammocks that a zig zag stitch is used, at least near the whipping.
i've herd it said that a ziz zag is more flexible, more forgiving, but i don't know that you would really need that on the hem.
could be helpful like you said, but i suspect it would add to the sag like BB said.
let us know how it behaves for you if you decide to use it.
You made me look. The zig zag stitch is on the front of the hammock. It is holding a reinforcement strip that runs from the zipper ends to the whipping on each side.
Originally Posted by headchange4u