So I've made a few tablecloth hammocks, either whipping or with the Knotty mod, and I think out of all the types I've tried I find the end channels on my ENO the most comfortable, not to mention the easiest for a 'newbie' to come to grips with -- learning a marlinspike hitch, larkshead, and how to use a whoopie all in one go is a little more than some want to deal with when I'm casually introducing them to hammocking.
In the spirit of getting some more practice with my sewing machine, I'm probably going to try sewing some end channels in a tablecloth hammock, but I'm a little concerned about weight and safety. I have 3 types of Gutterman thread (1 spool of "mara", and two weights of "tera" -- tex 35 and 50).
I ask because I'm a little concerned about weight actually being put on the crooked uneven stitches I sew, instead of nice factory stitches from ENO or the comparatively sturdy ball of fabric in an end whipping/knot/knotty mod
That said, I'm almost able to sew a straight line now, so I was wondering:
- I remember from my ENO that there are appear to be 3 lines of fairly normal stitches holding the end channel. Are these reinforced in some way? If so, how would I go about reinforcing my own stitches?
- Are any (or all) of the above types of thread suitable to match to the load rating of the tablecloth fabric itself (which I gather is around 400lbs)?