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    Enter Me in the Giveaway

    Enter Me in the Giveaway
  2. I decided to make my own and camped for a long...

    I decided to make my own and camped for a long time with a 1.4oz ripstop nylon single layer hammock using straps and felt it was a solid setup. Loaded up to 400lbs with no issues and routinely slept...
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    I'd like to know when & where - live North of...

    I'd like to know when & where - live North of Seattle but head over the border fairly routinely...
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    Welcome from Camano Island, WA!

    Welcome from Camano Island, WA!
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    I have 6 or 8 hammocks at the moment. I started...

    I have 6 or 8 hammocks at the moment. I started with a walmart equip hammock and then decided to try my hand at making a DIY and gave the equip to my daughter.

    I then came across a few different...
  6. I'm a pretty big guy - 260# at the moment... ...

    I'm a pretty big guy - 260# at the moment... I've experimented with various materials and hanging methods and found I can hang in pretty much any weight hammock as long as I whip the ends and hang...
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    Nice Find! I have grown really fond of my 201...

    Nice Find! I have grown really fond of my 201...
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    If you rent, I think a stand would be safest,...

    If you rent, I think a stand would be safest, unless you get landlord approval... There are a few plans for stands that most of us could assemble in an afternoon or so... Here's a couple:...
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    I agree - tableclothsfactory hammock might just...

    I agree - tableclothsfactory hammock might just fit your bill since weight won't matter.

    I'm a bigger guy and had issues with the ends of my hammocks failing (I use small diameter chord) so found...
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    ... so now I have a serger: a White 534 Super...

    ... so now I have a serger: a White 534 Super Lock. I know nothing about these things but ACK recommended I might benefit from using one so I jumped when the opportunity presented itself. From...
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    Hanging for bigger guys

    OK - I've made a few DIY hammocks and think I've found the best end preparation for me so far: whipped ends.

    Here's what led me to conclude that whipped ends are best for me so far... ...
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    Welcome from Camano Island!

    Welcome from Camano Island!
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    Vancouver WA, or Vancouver, BC? Hello from...

    Vancouver WA, or Vancouver, BC?

    Hello from Camano Island!
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    Just a thought, if you want to diy, but no sewing...

    Just a thought, if you want to diy, but no sewing machine, maybe you could purchase one of the taffeta hemmed sheets from tableclothsfactory and make a whipped end hammock...

    This seems like a...
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    A slight adjustment on the gage shows the needle...

    A slight adjustment on the gage shows the needle position and height to be pretty darn good as is. I'll dig up some scrap and let you know how it sewed up...

    Thanks for the manual!
  16. Thread: WA Hanger

    by DBLOCK
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    Welcome from Camano Island! This will be my...

    Welcome from Camano Island!

    This will be my first winter with a hammock - hopefully, I get the guts to actually camp outside... I'm collecting tarps and playing with insulation at the moment.
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    I was lubricating the 201 today and decided to...

    I was lubricating the 201 today and decided to trace down the clicking noise I hear as the machine hits mid to top speed.

    I moved each part (or tried to) thinking it was a loose joint or maybe...
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    Detail Man, I purchased the "Foot Control...

    Detail Man,

    I purchased the "Foot Control Electronic 2 Wire Type- UL 1.2 amp Item# SCE168FC" after cleaning and lubricating my machine, and then going through the original foot controller as best...
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    Can you please point me to where I can learn to...

    Can you please point me to where I can learn to maintain or clean or overhaul the original controller? I tried on my own and only got very slow and very fast.
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    I guess this is as good a place insert work I'm...

    I guess this is as good a place insert work I'm doing on my 201... I hope you guys are OK with this.

    Today I replaced the stock foot pedal with a new electronic replacement foot controller. All...
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    If you haven't done it yet, I would highly...

    If you haven't done it yet, I would highly recommend swapping the original foot control pedal with an electronic foot control pedal... It's an easy switch and my 201 has infinite control speed now...
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    [QUOTE=FLRider;869768]Which pattern is that 40d...

    [QUOTE=FLRider;869768]Which pattern is that 40d camo in, and where did you get it? ...[QUOTE]

    I think the name of the camo is called ACU, it's a digital camo and it originated from a friend who...
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    I understand and I'm on it! Thanks for setting...

    I understand and I'm on it! Thanks for setting me straight...
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    To date, I've made (6) hammocks from the...

    To date, I've made (6) hammocks from the following materials: 1.4oz foliage grey ripstop, 40D camo ripstop (my favorite so far), a camo 50/50 cotton/polyester blend, and one from a recycled pup tent...
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    Cleaning the gear drive did the trick! Here's a...

    Cleaning the gear drive did the trick! Here's a quick video showing how she runs at low to high speed now - not the light switch she was just yesterday...

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    I pulled the gear assembly off today and cleaned...

    I pulled the gear assembly off today and cleaned it up using denatured alcohol to cut down the caked on old grease. It cleaned up like a charm! I used a high pressure high speed graphite...
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    I found a barnload of old Singers. I picked up a...

    I found a barnload of old Singers. I picked up a (3) machines for myself: a 201-2, a 99, and a model 128. I cleaned the carbon brush to commutator area on all of them but will pull the motor off...
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    What is it about the 201 that you all love? I...

    What is it about the 201 that you all love? I have recently acquired one and am thinking aside from being a little underpowered (just judging from the 0.6A motor) that I kind've like it.
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    Handing off an extra machine is a great way to...

    Handing off an extra machine is a great way to pay it forward (and really trumps my latest attempt)! I really appreciate the members here helping us newbies along...

    My assistance was in the form...
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    I agree with the previous post in that the weight...

    I agree with the previous post in that the weight of the machine will affect your ability (or maybe patience) to sew something together...

    As a test, I once sewed up a tarp using my daughter's...
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    ... we could all be doing much worse than making,...

    ... we could all be doing much worse than making, altering and testing new gear...
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    Now that's what I call a gift from the heart! ...

    Now that's what I call a gift from the heart! What a unique way to use an antler...
  33. Order placed - thanks!

    Order placed - thanks!
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    Are you talking a purchased or DIY hammock? I...

    Are you talking a purchased or DIY hammock?

    I laid in a 1.4oz DIY and didn't fall through. I'm a big boy at around #240+...
  35. Thread: no going back

    by DBLOCK
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    My first hammock was the one from Walmart as...

    My first hammock was the one from Walmart as well. Same thing - the first night's sleep was so restful that I'm completely hooked. I eventually made a DIY for myself and now I'm making them for all...
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    So far, I've only sewed a straight stitch and...

    So far, I've only sewed a straight stitch and more recently a zig zag (just to see if I could). With this in mind, I didn't hesitate to convert to old school and I think anyone slightly mechanically...
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    I have been restoring a 1950's Necchi BU Nova and...

    I have been restoring a 1950's Necchi BU Nova and have learned a lot about sewing machines in general along the way. If you don't need so many stitches, I would suggest looking on Craigslist for an...
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    Here's a video of my new toy - an old Necchi BU...

    Here's a video of my new toy - an old Necchi BU Nova.
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    I saw pics of a beautiful machine within this very thread and started looking immediately. Stumbled on this beauty actually with...
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    My test hangs are here on Camano - my preferred...

    My test hangs are here on Camano - my preferred hangs so far have been in Eastern WA, around Deer Lake...

    Let me know when you come up this way and we'll compare setups (I can even hang under my...
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    Welcome from Camano Island!

    Welcome from Camano Island!
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    Singer 500A FS near me

    So, I just happened to check craigslist after reading this thread and found a 500A for sale locally (just a few miles from where I live)...

    http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/art/3378019851.html
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    Good source for parts?

    I've been cleaning up my old Necchi and dove in to the motor last night. I broke the carbon brush as I tried to push it out of the hole so cleaned everything up using a Qtip and alcohol and now am...
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    Traded Kenmore 385 for Necchi BU Nova & White model 530

    I traded the Kenmore in for a couple older machines that look like they'll be more capable of handling heavier projects.

    Both cleaned up well and the Nova is in work as we speak. Making pillow...
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    Bingo! I second the fact that we can DIY our own...

    Bingo! I second the fact that we can DIY our own gear is a very special thing indeed...
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    Here in the PNW, there are Morels and Chantrelles...

    Here in the PNW, there are Morels and Chantrelles - probably much more, but that's all I know how to identify at the moment...

    I think it would be great to combine a hike / overnight stay with a...
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    Sounds like a heat issue to me - Things you can...

    Sounds like a heat issue to me - Things you can do are to clean the gunk off all the moving surfaces and oil the machine, don't forget to clean the lint out of the motor area too (make sure the...
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    asside from needing new needles, and a foot pedal...

    asside from needing new needles, and a foot pedal assembly for the White, both machines appear pretty complete.

    Here's the good: Necchi runs! It cleaned up pretty well for an old machine. It...
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    PM sent and thanks!

    PM sent and thanks!
  49. Thread: New guy from WA

    by DBLOCK
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    Welcome from Camano Island, WA! I started with...

    Welcome from Camano Island, WA!

    I started with that very hammock. Personally, I like the hammock but haven't tried any other store bought set up...

    I would experiment with setting it up in...
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    I picked both the Necchi and the White up at...

    I picked both the Necchi and the White up at lunch. Both spin freely. I think the White is actually in better shape but it's lacking a pedal/power assembly. It must have been removed from a...
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