A couple of weeks ago I made a GE hammock and a 2x4 hammock stand based on the info that I learned from this forum. I whipped it and whipped it good a bunch of different ways. It was ok and I liked it, but I really liked the possibilities that I saw in the bridge design.
So, I built my first bridge hammock this weekend. I finished all the sewing, rigged up some spreader bars and set it up to test for a few minutes last night. I guess the good part was it did not drop me but I found my design flaw in using Amsteel instead of webbing the arcs. I stitched the rope in the material like one would stitch piping in furniture, but with stretch from my weight the fabric would bunch up.
I did not sew the rope to the fabric as I have seen done with the webbing. I guess my question is, do I need to sew the entire length of rope to the fabric? How has others done this? I was thinking maybe I would sew a few inches at the ends (corners)? Any suggestions/insight would be appreciated.
I want to say thanks to all of you that put information out here for all to read and see. The videos are incredible and the design ideas are enough to keep me experimenting for years. I have to admit that once I started reading the 2 gazillion posts in the bridge design thread, I almost could not put it down. I had to stop and go build one when I realized I needed reading glasses….