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  1. I get the thread to penetrate the shock cord a...

    I get the thread to penetrate the shock cord a couple of times. Just sew back and forth a few times in a short line on each end, turn the needle by hand if your machine is having trouble.
  2. +1 on a buttohole in the middle of the channel,...

    +1 on a buttohole in the middle of the channel, which I would form by folding over the fabric twice. Then bar tack your shock cord on either end of the channels. You can do the same with grosgrain as...
  3. Man that is a gorgeous looking quilt. Very nice...

    Man that is a gorgeous looking quilt. Very nice job. Love the colors. The thread is a nice touch as well.
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    One night camping in my DIY was all it took....my...

    One night camping in my DIY was all it took....my wife hasn't slept in a tent since!
  5. Poll: Yeah thanks for scouting. I'm camping there...

    Yeah thanks for scouting. I'm camping there right now. I was gonna scout out some spots but you beat me to it. If anyone is around the area this weekend, stop by and say hi. I'm on site 54. Its good...
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    I made a down eductor. It helped make measuring...

    I made a down eductor. It helped make measuring from a 1lbs bag of down pretty easy. I just put the bag in a box, set it on my scale and zeroed it out and used the method in this video. I found the...
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    Nice job. Next you'll be planning down UQs!!!

    Nice job. Next you'll be planning down UQs!!!
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    Try to use some fusible interfacing behind the...

    Try to use some fusible interfacing behind the area you want the buttonhole. I also have a buttonhole foot that helps a ton to produce buttonholes in light fabric. IMO, something to stabilize behind...
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    Top quilt doesn't need a differential IMO. Its...

    Top quilt doesn't need a differential IMO. Its not typically compressed on you like an uq would be compressed by your weight. The down lofts over and around you. That being said, I think there is...
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    Nice looking tarp. Gotta love that you made it...

    Nice looking tarp. Gotta love that you made it yourself!!!
  11. Poll: Most of the sites on the loops overlooking the...

    Most of the sites on the loops overlooking the lake are good for hanging, IIRC. The ones closer to the entrance of the park are typically wide open and are not very good for hanging. I'll bring my TD...
  12. Poll: Also were you planning on the deep lake rustic...

    Also were you planning on the deep lake rustic site? Or is there camping at long lake as well? I've only been to deep lake.
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    Well, welcome. I'm from the grand rapids area....

    Well, welcome. I'm from the grand rapids area. Lots of good info here. I recommend attending a group hang...there is a great big one in the fall in Yankee springs, by gun lake. There is also a...
  14. Poll: I could show up and stay the night of the 13th. I...

    I could show up and stay the night of the 13th. I have a graduation ceremony on the 12 and the next weekend I have a wedding. Don't plan around just me though. :)
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    I use a t square and square to the selvedge, but...

    I use a t square and square to the selvedge, but like rev mentioned above, it won't stay square for long. One of the things you just need to get used to working with fabric. IMO it never really...
  16. My wife and I backpack and have been through a...

    My wife and I backpack and have been through a couple of good rainstorms using a 12' x 10' tarp with doors. We always hang side by side, she won't have it any other way!
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    Sweet deal! Nice looking tarp. That should keep...

    Sweet deal! Nice looking tarp. That should keep you dry.
  18. I've used them with good results and I've used...

    I've used them with good results and I've used them with poor results. I love the smaller one, I think its 1/4". Any bigger and I have trouble. For most hems, I just mark fold lines on the fabric,...
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    Yup straight stitch everything.

    Yup straight stitch everything.
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    Looking good. I love that fabric. My DIY pack out...

    Looking good. I love that fabric. My DIY pack out of it is great, I too can't wait for more colors (that'll be a good excuse to make another pack!). I agree, it is very flexible for its weight.
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    Critique what!?! Looks awesome!! Great job!!

    Critique what!?! Looks awesome!! Great job!!
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    I don't know the difference, as I have only used...

    I don't know the difference, as I have only used HyperD, but I LOVE that stuff for a hammock. I have a feeling you will not be disappointed with either choice.
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    Good project!! Thats an attractive weight as...

    Good project!! Thats an attractive weight as well. I love me some DIY....I need to get off my butt and sew something up soon!
  24. I've made them and used them with no incidents. I...

    I've made them and used them with no incidents. I do keep seeing these threads pop up from time to time.... IMO, the TC blanks may not go through a comprehensive QC program, they are meant to cover...
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    +1 on the grosgrain for tieouts....plenty strong...

    +1 on the grosgrain for tieouts....plenty strong enough. And +1 on the line locs, so easy to use. Cat cuts take the slack out of the pitch and are worth the minimal trouble, IMO. I always bind the...
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    I've done this on one of my hammocks. I used snap...

    I've done this on one of my hammocks. I used snap buttons, and put them on the zipper tape to mitigate stress, if I recall correctly. I did get condensation in the winter, but it was frozen on the...
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    Lol....I see what you did there! :)

    Lol....I see what you did there! :)
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    Check out the DIY stickies section. There should...

    Check out the DIY stickies section. There should be a tutorial in there.
  29. Looks very nice... good craftsmanship. I also...

    Looks very nice... good craftsmanship. I also like the black and yellow combo.
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    +1 on Jordan river valley. There is also the fife...

    +1 on Jordan river valley. There is also the fife lake trail that just opened up last year. It is north of Cadillac a bit. 21 mile loop, very easy hiking. Not as scenic as Jordan river but a nice...
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    Nice. Someone's butt should be warm!!

    Nice. Someone's butt should be warm!!
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    I put mine where my head is and where my feet...

    I put mine where my head is and where my feet are. I usually end up only using the one where my head is, to keep the net off my face.
  33. Pretty cool to keep doing these raffles Dutch! ...

    Pretty cool to keep doing these raffles Dutch!

    My Project:

    Double layer NylonD 1.0 navy blue outer with grey argon 67 inner with a black argon 67 over cover. Kevlar tree straps with Dutch...
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    I have used a scrap bit of fabric at the...

    I have used a scrap bit of fabric at the beginning and just trim it off after I'm done.
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    I would just make another single layer out of 1.6...

    I would just make another single layer out of 1.6 hyperD or similar material. Then you have two hammocks. [emoji4]
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    I think there is little to no quality control on...

    I think there is little to no quality control on the tablecloth fabric. They are meant for tablecloths after all. I lean towards manufacturer defect. Whipping with no end channel leaves no doubt...
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    My father had something bump up into him in his...

    My father had something bump up into him in his Hennessy in Guatemala once. He hit it and it ran away. He never saw it and does not know what it was. :scared:
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    Your hammock fabric could be stretched from use...

    Your hammock fabric could be stretched from use resulting in an uncomfortable lay and pain. If no other factors have changed, that would be my guess. Fabric degrades over time and if it stretched...
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    I don't think that tablecloth fabric has a tight...

    I don't think that tablecloth fabric has a tight enough weave to make a tarp out of. Thats my opinion, but I am no expert. Better to use regular ripstop nylon to make your own, or just buy silnylon,...
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    Nice hammock. WARNING: DIY IS ADDICTIVE. :lol:

    Nice hammock. WARNING: DIY IS ADDICTIVE. :lol:
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    Oh yeah....its project time!!!

    Oh yeah....its project time!!!
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    I've used downlinens before. Great price, free...

    I've used downlinens before. Great price, free shipping, but you have to buy in lbs, not oz. Worth it, IMO, if you are planning more than one quilt.
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    Temp rating is subjective but generally...

    Temp rating is subjective but generally corresponds to a number of inches of loft, Here is a pic from Dream Hammock showing this.
    As for the actual math of determining amount of down per baffle, you...
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    Here is a good thread....has pictures and...

    Here is a good thread....has pictures and everything. :)
    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/99329-Suspension-and-Fit
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    You can get around this by adding a secondary...

    You can get around this by adding a secondary suspension. Linelocs sewn to the corners of the hammock with shock cord running through them. This will pull the UQ out to the ends of the hammock and...
  46. Awesome.....keep it coming! I love it.

    Awesome.....keep it coming! I love it.
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    Now that's a beast of a tarp. Nice job!

    Now that's a beast of a tarp. Nice job!
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    Awesome...I have a project in planning that...

    Awesome...I have a project in planning that requires white 1.0oz downproof fabric. Super psyched about this. Keep up the great work Kyle!
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    Theoretically, yes, it will hasten the wear of...

    Theoretically, yes, it will hasten the wear of the shock cord. But shock cord is cheap and easy to replace, so I wouldn't worry about it.
  50. I know that feeling! That seam looks great,...

    I know that feeling! That seam looks great, though. The rest is easy peasy. Can't wait to see it hanging.
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