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  1. https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php...

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/53701-DIY-Differential-Cut-UQ-Calculator

    First post attachment. Catsplat's calculator accounts for "baffle bulge" if you tell it to. You've got...
  2. I make TC hammocks as well. Made 3 for...

    I make TC hammocks as well. Made 3 for Christmas. I have a few rules for them.

    1 person at a time, no swinging, no sharp objects in pockets.

    The 1 person at a time rule is absolute...
  3. Thread: Woot

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    Woot

    Woot has their hammocks up for sale again today. Great way to get in to mosquito-net hammocking for cheap.

    http://www.woot.com/plus/yukon-outfitters-hammocks-12
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    Mine are non-serrated. I haven't used serrated...

    Mine are non-serrated. I haven't used serrated by any brands. I like the non-serrated because they're easier to sharpen and I can do it at home if I'm pinched for time.
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    Gingher shears of any sort with a straight...

    Gingher shears of any sort with a straight cutting edge. You really can't go wrong.
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    Bridge hammock poles

    I recently inquired at QuestOutfitters about their pole end pieces and found out that all of the end caps that are designed to go through grommets have the same diameter sized nipple on the end. ...
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    My high school still taught a home economics...

    My high school still taught a home economics class while I was there. Part of it was sewing yourself a sweatshirt following a pattern. Technically that's how I learned to sew but I didn't touch a...
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    Great, now I have another machine I want to buy.

    Great, now I have another machine I want to buy.
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    It'll definitely hold you, your backpack, your...

    It'll definitely hold you, your backpack, your gf/bf, and maybe even your dog (gotta watch the nails though). I made my first one a double layer in the 60x126 size. It weighs a ton compared to the...
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    We recently had work done on the back of our...

    We recently had work done on the back of our house. I have the leftover tyvek scraps. I'll take a look at the dimensions tonight and let you know the sizes.
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    Even if they are, they apparently can't ship to...

    Even if they are, they apparently can't ship to the U.S. (All the vendors I've checked so far at least won't ship to the U.S.)
  12. I made one starting with 12ft of fabric. After...

    I made one starting with 12ft of fabric. After hemming and whipping it still feel huge to me. I'm 6'1" and have been using 60"x126" tablecloth blanks or a Hennessy Hammock until recently. The...
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    Have you tried a rotary cutter? You won't find a...

    Have you tried a rotary cutter? You won't find a $50 laser that will cut fabric.
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    Either one should do for ya as long as their in...

    Either one should do for ya as long as their in good running condition. Just make sure you look for user's manuals for either one before you take it home and read up on it as much as you can.
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    Another thing to check, make sure the needle is...

    Another thing to check, make sure the needle is in the clamp the right way. I had the same issue you're describing when I first started sewing thin fabric on my 500a and increasing the top tension...
  16. Thread: Toggles

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    I use 1/4" solid aluminum round bar stock. This...

    I use 1/4" solid aluminum round bar stock. This does two things for me. It gives me the needed spike in the marlin spike hitch, but it also gives me a bar strong enough to hang my hammock on if I...
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    without damaging my walls or doors? Thanks.

    without damaging my walls or doors? Thanks.
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    So get wood. You can make a turtledog stand with...

    So get wood. You can make a turtledog stand with 2x2 or 2x3 lumber. Get a pair of gate hinges or just lash it all together. If you choose to lash the wood and not use hinges you should be able to...
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    You shouldn't be adjusting your bobbin. Ever.

    You shouldn't be adjusting your bobbin. Ever.
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    I feel like a stone-age caveman over here with my...

    I feel like a stone-age caveman over here with my bits and pieces of coat hanger wire. Maybe it's time I looked into a thinner steel wire.
  21. This may be the chart you're referring to and it...

    This may be the chart you're referring to and it was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw your thread title:...
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    Honestly, don't do it. I made my first...

    Honestly, don't do it. I made my first underquilt, down, and wish I had just purchased one. I had down in my apartment, literally, for a year afterwards.
    What about a commercially available down...
  23. I have some of this and I have to say that it...

    I have some of this and I have to say that it feels approximately bulletproof. Almost literally. It's not super thick, but you definitely notice the difference between it and 1.6 HyperD. I would...
  24. It would not be advantageous. The blanket you...

    It would not be advantageous. The blanket you refer to is made of mylar, which is a plastic sheet with a thin coating of aluminum on both sides. These blankets do not take well to being punctured...
  25. I'd definitely recommend it if it's not too far. ...

    I'd definitely recommend it if it's not too far. You might also be able to get them to take a picture of any tags on the blanket that might have that info if you don't want to make the trip.
  26. With no information about how much the thing...

    With no information about how much the thing weighs, and no confirmation that it actually has down in it, whether it's a down/feather mix, or if it is down what the fill rating might be? Nobody can...
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    100494 Here's my 500A, currently working on a...

    100494

    Here's my 500A, currently working on a hammock for someone over at BWCA.com
  28. Took a little extra google-fu but I think I might...

    Took a little extra google-fu but I think I might have this one pegged. It looks extraordinarily like a National R40 model sewing machine. You can order a printed manual here:...
  29. Assuming you don't mean new out-of-the-box, I'd...

    Assuming you don't mean new out-of-the-box, I'd look for a Singer 301/301A, 401/401A, or 500A/503A. They're not, strictly speaking, "industrial" machines but they're the heaviest duty home machine...
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    It is a windshield reflector. You can find this...

    It is a windshield reflector. You can find this material under the name Reflectix, and for the price of bassbone_mh's product you can buy a sizeable roll of the stuff and make several pads, pot...
  31. This is a fallacy similar to saying that you can...

    This is a fallacy similar to saying that you can cook better the more expensive your stove and pots/pans are. Buying expensive tools will not make you better at a skill. Time and practice do that. ...
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    I don't mind one bit. Always fun to see other...

    I don't mind one bit. Always fun to see other people with 500/400 series machines talking about them, their issues, and how they've solved them.
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    I periodically have similar issues on mine, but...

    I periodically have similar issues on mine, but mine have (as far as I can tell) so far always been my fault for not advancing the fabric. I tend to sew with the throat plate up while doing my...
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    Singer 500A on Chicago CL

    http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/ele/4761299583.html

    $100 in plastic carry case
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    I made my own hammock, underquilt, suspension. ...

    I made my own hammock, underquilt, suspension. The total cost (not including buying the sewing machine) was roughly $400. That includes 1lb of down for the uq and the purchase price of the sleeping...
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    Why the need for a triple needle arrangement? ...

    Why the need for a triple needle arrangement? Does it really save you that much time vs making 3 single-thread passes?
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    Sewing machine oil

    Sewing machine oil
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    I dunno about the other members, but my gf thinks...

    I dunno about the other members, but my gf thinks my Singer 500A is the most amazing-looking sewing machine she's ever seen. She's still afraid to learn how to use it for fear of putting a sewing...
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    I respectfully agree. You want the post-hole to...

    I respectfully agree. You want the post-hole to drain. What do you get when you pour concrete into a hole and set a post in it? A concrete cup. Water pools in the bottom and soaks into the...
  40. Sewing Machine in Chicago area for sale

    http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/fuo/4736966146.html

    If any of you is looking for an injector to call your own, this one might be worth a look.
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    For the Singer machines, at least, they're...

    For the Singer machines, at least, they're stickers. AND! you can buy replacement sets if you happen to own one of the old machines and want to re-finish the machine.
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    For what it's worth, I just use my sleeping bag,...

    For what it's worth, I just use my sleeping bag, unzipped, as a quilt. Haven't experience any problems with this method yet and the bag is still 100% functional as a mummy bag.
  43. It's been shown that PU coated polyester or...

    It's been shown that PU coated polyester or nylon material is weaker than silicone impregnated material of the same type. Theory being that the coating binds the threads of the material instead of...
  44. Problem with feathers is they have stiff spines...

    Problem with feathers is they have stiff spines that poke right through your typical UQ material. That and feathers are comparatively very heavy and offer a lot less insulation than down. Honestly,...
  45. Maybe just rub some dishwashing liquid on it and...

    Maybe just rub some dishwashing liquid on it and rinse? I don't know if that will do anything to the DWR either.
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    I finally landed myself a 500A. I am very...

    I finally landed myself a 500A. I am very excited for this purchase although I haven't bothered taking any pictures of it yet. It only came with the zig-zag foot and 1 tophat but I was able to snag...
  47. Certified diver here (only open water :( ) and...

    Certified diver here (only open water :( ) and it's true, if you dive deep enough you'll eventually get under ANY island.
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    I don't know what size rope you're pulling, but I...

    I don't know what size rope you're pulling, but I use a coat hanger to make mine. I clip out the straight bit between the 2 shoulder ends of a coat hanger, smooth it off one a diamond hone to help...
  49. I've heard it said that whatever you can do...

    I've heard it said that whatever you can do awake, you can do asleep. So I'm thinking that a bugnet wouldn't pose much barrier to a sleepwalker either.
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    The 100% bottles are very common in the Chicago...

    The 100% bottles are very common in the Chicago area. Just as common as any other % bottle from what I've seen and they're usually very cheap around this time of year because people are so afraid of...
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