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    Look at an Exped Ergo....

    Look at an Exped Ergo....
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    I own an Exped Ergo Combi - great hammock, and...

    I own an Exped Ergo Combi - great hammock, and excellent tarp as well.
    BTW, that tarp weight of 19 oz includes ridgeline,guylines and tensioners. It's not that heavy for a well-made tarp of that...
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    How close-spaced are your pins in the hem - after...

    How close-spaced are your pins in the hem - after rolling and before stitching?
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    You don't need very heavy needles (aka 'jeans...

    You don't need very heavy needles (aka 'jeans needles'/'upholstery needles') unless you are sewing with heavy thread.
    I use a 80 or 90 needle for practically everything - a 70 might do but is...
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    Or an overbag, or both.... Or more clothing worn...

    Or an overbag, or both....
    Or more clothing worn inside, if the bag is big enough....
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    My greatest DIY trick is convincing myself that...

    My greatest DIY trick is convincing myself that I'm saving money by DIY-ing, and especially by buying extra materials every time I mail order!
    :)

    Seriously, lots of good suggestions in this...
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    I wouldn't 'push on' with your project unless the...

    I wouldn't 'push on' with your project unless the machine is sewing properly.
    What you describe as 'bumpy on the bottom' sounds pretty close to what is also known as 'machine basting', where the...
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    If you have two machines that are showing the...

    If you have two machines that are showing the same 'symptoms', it seems unlikely that the machines are the problem, IMO.
    As Gunner said, check the bobbins and also make sure the machines are...
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    Lately there have been more good cheap machines...

    Lately there have been more good cheap machines showing up in local listings here...though I have enough machines already!:)
    Here's today's example in the 'Free' listings. If I were interested in a...
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    Though we do talk about machines a lot in this...

    Though we do talk about machines a lot in this thread, it's really more about pictures of our sewing machines, boasting about bargains, etc. !
    A separate discussion thread in the DIY area would...
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    We probably build all our gear 'stronger than it...

    We probably build all our gear 'stronger than it needs to be', but which ridgeline seam do you think will stand up better to sideways forces: flat-felled or grosgrain? (And it's the sideways forces...
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    That's an excellent video. I find that method...

    That's an excellent video.
    I find that method (slipping the fabric edge into a fold) works better with a fabric than can be pressed with an iron to hold a nice sharp 'pocket' fold. Most of the...
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    There's lots of info and discussion about the...

    There's lots of info and discussion about the grosgrain ridgeline seam for tarps; hopefully you can find plenty with a search.
    Using grosgrain is a quick way to do a ridgeline, since it avoids the...
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    I have an Exped mat cover, and I'm sure that I...

    I have an Exped mat cover, and I'm sure that I wouldn't have made one that's better if I didn't have an example in hand to copy. Cheaper probably, though I usually tend to order too much fabric,...
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    Before you start on the tarp, I'd advise some...

    Before you start on the tarp, I'd advise some practice on nylon offcuts or just stuff from the rag bag like an old sheet. Figure out how to keep the seam width consistent (using the scribed marks on...
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    Sticky: What did you have underneath you for insulation?...

    What did you have underneath you for insulation?
    I always imagined that the VB made me sleep warmer, but the main reason I used one was to keep my insulation dry.
    Have you used the Versalite a lot...
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    I've used down sleeping bags since the 'early...

    I've used down sleeping bags since the 'early 70s' and washed them (but not in a home machine - usually in the bathtub) many times, always dried in a home dryer, and never had down shifting between...
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    Chris- My thanks to you and Knotty for posting...

    Chris-
    My thanks to you and Knotty for posting that info.
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    I don't understand why so-called 'boutique...

    I don't understand why so-called 'boutique producers' can't take the trouble to sew the baffle ends shut on quilts.

    As an outsider to quilts, the whole business seems like 'never-neverland'...
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    You didn't say how badly damaged the bag is, but...

    You didn't say how badly damaged the bag is, but if it can be easily repaired (by you or Westernmountaineering), that would be my first choice. (Can you post pics or a description of the damage? )...
  21. IMO there are only three hammock styles for...

    IMO there are only three hammock styles for camping - end gathered, bridge, and Exped Ergo.
    As Nodust suggested, getting yourself into a gathered-end hammock cheaply will tell you if this style will...
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    One possibility (though not likely to appeal to...

    One possibility (though not likely to appeal to the ultra-light enthusiast) would be to make something like the Exped MultiMat. I've used one on a couple of kayak trips and it's a handy bit of gear....
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    Working with canvas/sunbrella and especially...

    Working with canvas/sunbrella and especially sailcloth is quite a bit different than dealing with the lightweight stuff most folks are using for DIY projects here.
    With heavier materials, it's...
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    Absolutely! I'm surprised to see it took 16 posts...

    Absolutely! I'm surprised to see it took 16 posts before somebody mentioned this!
    Pretty disgusting concept, IMO.

    And, since a lot of 'campouts' described here at HF involve hanging a hammock...
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    Probably a separate discussion in DIY is the...

    Probably a separate discussion in DIY is the place for this...
    The main problem IME with thicker layers under the presser foot (assuming I can get the stuff under the foot at all) is that they can...
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    Adding an electronic foot control to an older...

    Adding an electronic foot control to an older machine can give it more 'punch' for sewing through layers.

    At some point, you will run up against problems using heavier thread in a home machine.
    ...
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    Should work fine...any reinforcements should be on the 'underside' of the tarp IMO, but out at the tarp edge it doesn't matter that much....still, it looks better if the outside of the tarp is...
  28. That's a bit more 'heavy duty' than I would do,...

    That's a bit more 'heavy duty' than I would do, but it should work OK.
    You'll probably want to 'set in' the grosgrain from the edges so that you will be folding the ripstop over the grosgrain when...
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    Get her an Exped Ergo....BEFORE she has a lot of...

    Get her an Exped Ergo....BEFORE she has a lot of negative experiences with end-gathered hammocks... ;-)
  30. It would be interesting to see a 'user test' over...

    It would be interesting to see a 'user test' over multiple days. Those 'spreaders' don't seem to be rigged to do the job of keeping the ends from 'gathering', but it's hard to tell. They also look a...
  31. A lot of folks are looking for a machine for...

    A lot of folks are looking for a machine for under $100 or $200. In that price range, most of the new machines are pretty 'lightweight', and an older machine is just more pleasant to use. There are...
  32. Thread: Pfaff 284

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    You might get some info- but not price/value- at...

    You might get some info- but not price/value- at the Pfaff Yahoo forum:
    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/oldpfaffpforum/info

    Aside from price....
    Q: Does it work and run freely, and stitch...
  33. If you could get an older machine with servicing...

    If you could get an older machine with servicing and warranty, you would be happy, I think. My guess is that , just as in North America, the 'legendary' machines like the Bernina 730/830, Pfaff...
  34. I agree with you on that.

    I agree with you on that.
  35. I like the Pfaff 'top feed' machines as well - it...

    I like the Pfaff 'top feed' machines as well - it does help me when sewing slippery or stretchy materials.
    http://new.pfaff.com/en-CA/About/IDT-System
    I had a new Pfaff Select machine and it worked...
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    Do you have a decent sewing machine store...

    Do you have a decent sewing machine store locally?
    How much do you want to spend?
    Are you going to share the machine?
    Is the machine just for sewing camping gear, or will it be used for general...
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    Poll: I agree..once older posts are included in the...

    I agree..once older posts are included in the suggestions. However, if the algorithm is using the same engine as the vbulletin search, the suggestions may not be 'on topic', much. Time will tell, I...
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    The 'story' here from the 'old-time members' is...

    The 'story' here from the 'old-time members' is that it didn't have anything to do with insecure males, but I wonder....
    It definitely does have the effect of hiding from internet searches a lot of...
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    Looks like a very solid machine..nice find. I...

    Looks like a very solid machine..nice find.
    I had a Brother 'light industrial' machine (which Sailrite rebranded as one of their 'Sailmaker' machines) and it was a really good machine - I did some...
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    Nice machine! I like the 'dual feed' Pfaff...

    Nice machine!
    I like the 'dual feed' Pfaff machines a lot (1222, etc.), and the needle threader!
    It sounds like you have the manual (there are about 3 different ways to wind the bobbin...) but I...
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    One aspect that I haven't seen mentioned yet is...

    One aspect that I haven't seen mentioned yet is that tubular webbing will not 'stay flat' in use and won't 'spread the load' as well as flat webbing, in theory. Though perhaps those 'sharp edges' in...
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    Not in my limited experience. (I agree with...

    Not in my limited experience. (I agree with pgibson...)
    However, I wouldn't put solvents on my straps...would you put solvents on your climbing rope? The consequences of a strap failure are nothing...
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    Nice catch! I like Elnas.:thumbup1:

    Nice catch!
    I like Elnas.:thumbup1:
  44. I've sewn paper towels (the blue shop towels, or...

    I've sewn paper towels (the blue shop towels, or just the ones from the kitchen) when testing machines and getting the tension set up. Paper towels are also good for catching oil if you've been too...
  45. Thanks for that list. How do you define...

    Thanks for that list.
    How do you define 'vintage' ?
    Could you post a list (if possible) of all the machines you tried, when compiling your 'Top Three' lists?
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    I'd use more length - something like 4-5" for a...

    I'd use more length - something like 4-5" for a suspension loop of stitching. Lots of straight rows of stitching are as strong as box patterns, just not so good-looking.
    For me the question isn't...
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    Understood, but... The reason I asked was that I...

    Understood, but...
    The reason I asked was that I can't understand the basic problem - everybody I know who kayak camps takes a LOT of gear with them; weight is not an issue. Anyway, a tent will...
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    If you like machines, sewing machines should...

    If you like machines, sewing machines should appeal to you a lot - there's a lot of interesting engineering in them.

    If you haven't found the 'Show Us Yor Thread Injector' thread, amble over for a...
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    What sort of kayak are you using?

    What sort of kayak are you using?
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    As gmcttr says.... My Husqvarna machines - now...

    As gmcttr says....
    My Husqvarna machines - now machine, since I sold one - use standard 15x1 needles.
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