He's already been in one and he said it made a big difference. The length seems to solve more of the issue than the width does but I'm still gonna make it wide.
I see you prefer a gathered end to a channeled end. Why?
I basically modeled my tablecloth double layer on the Buttinasling double layer. I bought one of the first prototypes, but I doubt the design has changed much.
I hemmed the two tablecloths together, leaving a 28" opening in the middle of one side (126-28/2 were my measurements from the ends). My BIAS DL prototype has the opening at the top of one side, and I always have a hard time finding the opening - I basically have to check all four corners to find the darned opening. With the pad opening in the middle, I only have to check one side or the other for the pad opening. Like I said, my BIAS DL is an early prototype - I don't know if they changed the design.
Once the two tablecloths were sewn together (single stitch), I then made a 2 inch channel on both ends (triple-stitched like the BIAS). Whipping just doesn't make any sense to me - that ball of fabric just looks ridiculous. I like sewn channels because I can adjust the way the fabric bunches up (not that I ever do) by just loosening the larkshead on the continuous loop running through the channel. Some people say that whipping provides the same adjustability, but I just didn't go down that path 'cause I have a thread injector. And channels just seem sturdier to me.
I also like sewn channels so I can use Dutch Whoopie Hooks, rather than attach my whoopie slings directly to the ball of fabric on whipped hammocks. I suppose you could also put a larksheaded continuous loop on a whipped-end hammock, but the concept of whipped-end hammocks doesn't appeal to me. Above all, I don't want my suspension to be connected to my hammock - suspensions get wet but that doesn't mean my hammock has to be packed away with a wet suspension - that's why I keep them separate.
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Overall, I'm digging the idea.
Step 1: Buy a sewing machine.
Step 2: Google "Thread injector."
Step 3: Win at hammocks.
I picked up my first injector at Goodwill for $12. A little work and some ingenuity later and I had perfectly straight stitches - all you really need for gear making. Moral of the story is make sure you check some thrift stores before you end up spending enough on an injector to have bought a blackbird outright, LOL.
The GoodWill Stores here have caught onto the interest in thread injectors, the prices recently have gone from $19.00 up to 40 or 50, without any extras like feet. 99% are junk.
Salvation Army has some good deals, I found a very nice machine for $12.00, with all the attachments, it runs very well, I would have paid that for the Walking Foot alone. The darned machine weighs a tone, not much plastic in it. I see a lot of men at yard sales looking over thread injectors.
You really need to know what you are looking for, the machines are out there, but you need to know what you are looking at.
Very much buyer beware, I would also be very cautious where there have been floods within the past year or so. You probably do not want a machine that has been wet.
Buy the really big crinkle taffeta tablecloth for cheap (single layer, it will hold you). Barter for some suspension from a person on here. Hang for under $30.