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    Actually yes they do make a clear presser foot:...

    Actually yes they do make a clear presser foot: https://www.amazon.com/Distinctive-Applique-Sewing-Machine-Presser/dp/B003265HUM
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    Not bad looking. I found sewing the first few...

    Not bad looking. I found sewing the first few times intimidating but after practice have found the task rather enjoyable. I have sewn loops in seat belt webbing and Kevlar webbing. The seat belts...
  3. I often find the first night challenging as I'm...

    I often find the first night challenging as I'm getting used to all the night noises each time. I often go with my kids, so it's semi-solo, as their age doesn't contribute to the element of safety. I...
  4. Thank you all for the encouragement to further my...

    Thank you all for the encouragement to further my DIY skills. I think I will do just that. Now to study those How-To videos. :)
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    Good to meet you arathelion and see you again PG...

    Good to meet you arathelion and see you again PG at Yates over the weekend. We'll try to meet up again. How did the hike to Dutchman Creek work out? I might give that a try with the kids for an...
  6. After reading the feedback, I quickly came to the...

    After reading the feedback, I quickly came to the conclusion my desire to experiment was getting in the way of the simple solution. I think I'll pick up a pair of Dutch biners next month and call it...
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    I'm hoping to snag a Costco blank or 3 if they...

    I'm hoping to snag a Costco blank or 3 if they return to the stores this fall and making some quilts. Anyone have success adding water repellent to their DIY Costco quilt(s)?
  8. I made myself a commitment to take my kids out...

    I made myself a commitment to take my kids out once a month to 1) get out there and enjoy nature, 2) get the kids into nature and away from electronics, and 3) give mom a break from all of us. I try...
  9. Toggled Larks Head for Whoopie Sling to Hammock CL

    I saw this idea on the Ultimate Hang, I think, and upon searching through the site, I couldn't find any posts of anyone's experience with trying it.
    The idea, as shown in the photos, would be to...
  10. Maybe I'm missing something, but structurally it...

    Maybe I'm missing something, but structurally it looks like a reverse sheet bend. Technically, a different knot but structurally the same hence why I assume jeff-oh is getting success from it.
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    I only started a little over a year ago and the...

    I only started a little over a year ago and the online resources already mentioned were a wealth of information and helped me tremendously. Second, I started in the backyard (I fortunately have trees...
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    You can find it here....

    You can find it here.
    http://theultimatehang.com/hammock-hang-calculator/
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    I would only think that it would make a...

    I would only think that it would make a difference if you start exceeding 10% (thumb suck number) of you body weight. With the proper 30 deg angle, the ridgeline tension should overcome the weight of...
  14. My wife reminded me that I have a church meeting...

    My wife reminded me that I have a church meeting scheduled that weekend and it's Halloween, so there's that with the kids. All to say the cards are stacking against me to make it. But a lot can...
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    PG, I'll let you know when I plan my next outing....

    PG, I'll let you know when I plan my next outing. I have a mix of plans between going to Uwharrie and meeting my brother in SC somewhere.
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    This looks very similar to the Phantom Soft...

    This looks very similar to the Phantom Soft Shackle with the difference being a diamond knot is used, not a double overhand.
  17. Marking it on my calendar. Hope I can make it.

    Marking it on my calendar. Hope I can make it.
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    Wind Breaker 360

    I did a search and didn't see anything about the SLD Wind Breaker 360 posted.

    I am curious of people's experience with this product and how much warmth (I know it is subjective) they feel this...
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    I'm foolish enough to spite the heat and hit the...

    I'm foolish enough to spite the heat and hit the trail all summer. I try to get out to the Uwharrie area once a month if I can. Skipping next month for a family day hike.
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    I slept out last Friday night with overnight low...

    I slept out last Friday night with overnight low of around 21C (69.8F) in sweat pants and shirt. My top side was warm but the ever so slight breeze on my underside way noticable. I still online woke...
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    PG, I didn't see the van with generator before...

    PG,
    I didn't see the van with generator before the spring hang, but when I arrived there Friday evening there was a guy in a van with a generator. Maybe safe to assume that he was the same guy. He...
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    Yates Place Fee Proposal

    I was at Yates Place this past weekend and saw a notice that a fee is being proposed. Quoted from the article.


    The full article can be found here:...
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    From the responses so far, it sounds like the...

    From the responses so far, it sounds like the hammocks are wash durable.
    We have a he (high efficiency) front load washer (no agitator) and use fragrant free detergent. Sounds like I can probably...
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    My hammocks are starting to show signs of grime...

    My hammocks are starting to show signs of grime and it sounds like I might want to wash more frequently. I only saw two posters in this thread mentions detergents, Tide and a mild detergent.
    I'm...
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    This is the general way to think about lightning,...

    This is the general way to think about lightning, it is traveling several miles from the clouds to ground. Is being the last 6 feet will have negligible influence on its path.
    A lone tree on a bald...
  26. I've been using a 10'x10' from Chill Gorilla for...

    I've been using a 10'x10' from Chill Gorilla for about $40 successfully for a year without issue. It's also not the lightest but an effective budget tarp.
  27. FS: Darn, missed this one by mere minutes.

    Darn, missed this one by mere minutes.
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    I do a combination. I have my tarp in a snakeskin...

    I do a combination. I have my tarp in a snakeskin for ease of setup and take down, and if wet, I can drape on the outside of the pack to help it dry. With the snakeskin on, and the tarp dry, I stuff...
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    The fronkey bottom entry design and the side...

    The fronkey bottom entry design and the side zipper entry design are the only two non-attached designs that I have noticed that seemed most practical. But I've only been looking for about a year so...
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    Very possible. It was in my dad's basement and he...

    Very possible. It was in my dad's basement and he is former Air Force. May have picked it up some time back, 20+ years ago possibly, from a surplus supply. Who knows. All finished, they are about 10...
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    This is a follow up about what I'm sure is Kevlar...

    This is a follow up about what I'm sure is Kevlar webbing. I sewed 2 inch loops with 8 bar tack stitches across 4 inches, 0.5 inches apart. I think the stitches turned out well and the Singer Simple...
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    Thank you RBTR for a good bugnet kit

    I just bought and completed a new bugnet using the zipperless kit from RBTR. After careful measuring and planning, I think it came together nicely.
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    The bugnet is substantially lighter than...
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    Update on my testing. The first photo shows the...

    Update on my testing. The first photo shows the size of the roll and thickness of the webbing. It is about 7.8 meters long and 3mm thick and 2.54 cm wide. I weighed it on an ancient spring kitchen...
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    That looks similar. I'll post photos with burn...

    That looks similar. I'll post photos with burn test and weight values tonight when I get home.
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    I did that and it started burning but didn't...

    I did that and it started burning but didn't really go aflame. It did smolder a little afterwards. I'll try again tonight and see if it stays lit after I remove the heat. I imagine cotton would stay...
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    How to identity Kevlar webbing

    My dad just gave me some 1-inch wide yellow webbing and doesn't remember where he got it. My first impression is that it was Kevlar webbing but I don't know enough about Kevlar to be sure. I know a...
  37. Temperature vs Fill Power and Fill Weight

    I have been trying to get a sense of temperature rating based on fill power and fill weight. I'm sure somewhere there is an equation but in all my searching I couldn't find it. So I took the...
  38. This past January I was testing a ad-hoc...

    This past January I was testing a ad-hoc underquilt and I didn't carefully open my hammock trying to get into it and I missed it and went right to the ground. I was only 18 inches off the ground over...
  39. I sent the links to my dad who said I've gotten...

    I sent the links to my dad who said I've gotten him interested in hammock camping. I'll be showing off my hexon 1.7 next week so we'll probably miss the sale of the first package, but the second...
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    Hi Michael, I have a homemade one that I'd be...

    Hi Michael,
    I have a homemade one that I'd be willing to let go of for $15. It was my first attempt at making one using some military bunk bug netting I got from a friend. I sewed in drawstrings at...
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    Awesome, this is good information. Thank you.

    Awesome, this is good information. Thank you.
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    Any suggestions on light weight yet strong bug...

    Any suggestions on light weight yet strong bug net fabric? I see several mesh sizes and material but I don't yet have a good feel for which is optimal. My target weight will be 300g, half my current...
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    That's kind of what I figured. I might just look...

    That's kind of what I figured. I might just look for a good deal on raw material and build a new lighter one.
    This is my old one.
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    Peak & Co Bug net on Amazon: Worth it?

    I have a DIY fronkey style made from military grade bug net. In my search for a lighter, packable, affordable replacement I came across this on Amazon. ...
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    I'm also starting out with a Chill Gorilla; at...

    I'm also starting out with a Chill Gorilla; at $30, it was the right price for being a noob.
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    My latest suspension exploration is recycled car...

    My latest suspension exploration is recycled car seat straps and a marlin spike hitch to hold the continuous loop of my hammock. Why? The straps didn't cost me any extra and the MSH allows me to...
  47. I think you should seek out a local hang event...

    I think you should seek out a local hang event where you can see a myriad of setups with different levels of hammock costs. There you can ask all these same questions and maybe even try/feel the...
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    I tend to tie my line off using an assortment of...

    I tend to tie my line off using an assortment of knots depending on my mood. I have left the plastic tensioners on my Chill Gorilla because they weight so little.
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    Saw this from Trailsmith's video first. Gave it a...

    Saw this from Trailsmith's video first. Gave it a try on a spare in the house and it did tear in places. As with everyone else, at $1, it is too cheap to care that it tore; I'll just replace every...
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    I have a couple of options. 173367 173368

    I have a couple of options.
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