I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.
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Bobbin Tension - A Personal Viewpoint
I recently got me a new (unused, that is) M 1966 nylon jungle hammock, and after cutting some loose threads it had on the corners, I discovered a tiny little fraying on a very critical spot, just at the corner of the tunnel where the rope runs, and like 1 or 2 mm. close to a stitch line.
I am not afraid that the fabric may rip, as the tunnel is reinforced with webbing at the edges, wich are the ones holding my weight, but just freaks me out to know it is there, and with the movement of the rope it could fray up to the stitch line.
So I was pondering my options:
-Find some fray block plastic, or nail polish , and aply a little to the fraying. I wonder if it would stand the fequent movement of the rope, or machine washing.
- Fusing the fraying spot using a soldering iron or hot nail, with the inherent risk it carries.
- Patching the spot using a tiny piece of polyester and cement that came with a self-inflating mattress, and happens to be quite the same color. By the way, would the cement alone be sufficient to seal the fraying? It should be like the one used on tent repair kits.
I feel like in the bomb squad, the littlest of errors could ruin the rest of the hammock or make it need more repairs and not look original.
Attached is a detail of the fraying. The rope is about 3/8 inch .
Last edited by nailer; 11-15-2010 at 08:37.
Hey, and how about a plastic glue like UHU? Or Krazy?
Last edited by nailer; 11-15-2010 at 08:37. Reason: Crazy!