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    Husqvarna Viking Sewing machines

    I've read a few people's posts about how they love their Vikings because they have a 'low gear' on them that allows them to more easily stitch through heavier materials. Do all Vikings have this...
  2. Seconding the cardboard tube method. I used a...

    Seconding the cardboard tube method. I used a cheapo dirt devil vacuum with bug net over the hose end, then I slipped the cardboard tube over that and use it to suck up down. I measured out the...
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    Costco Down Throws

    Bolingbrook, IL location has them in. Saw them this past weekend but had to make sure I got a few before I alerted the ravenous hordes. They had grey, blue, and purple in stock, in a stack almost...
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    I wasn't sure if the higher loft would be a...

    I wasn't sure if the higher loft would be a better insulator in a given enclosed space due to being able to more efficiently fill out the space. But, I suppose that if the space is sufficient for...
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    The only thing that I would note is that changing...

    The only thing that I would note is that changing the overstuff and fill power values doesn't seem to be affecting the temperature rating output. If I have a given volume and am filling it with the...
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    And here I've been doing all my stuff sacks and...

    And here I've been doing all my stuff sacks and bishop bags with regular old sewing machines.
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    Is that a featherweight I see in the...

    Is that a featherweight I see in the background??!?!!?
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    Bridge spreader bar lengths

    I want to try a bridge hammock as I tend to sleep better on my stomach/side but I am stuck on some points. I've been looking at Dutch's spreader bars but I don't know which length of spreader bars...
  9. I may stop by Saturday night, health dependent. ...

    I may stop by Saturday night, health dependent. I'm getting over a cold and past the worst part of it but have lingering cough that seems to come with every cold. We'll see how it goes.
  10. You put it in your title but didn't explicitly...

    You put it in your title but didn't explicitly ask for it in the body, however, here is a shot of my campsite when I went to Pharaoh Campground right next to the Garden of the Gods area in Shawnee. ...
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    They do, however, require an electric cord to...

    They do, however, require an electric cord to plug in to the wall. That's what I took 'power supply' to mean.
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    I went to my local Goodwill tonight and noticed a...

    I went to my local Goodwill tonight and noticed a Singer 404 there for $7. If anyone is interested and lives in the Tinley Park/Chicago area, drop me a pm and I'll give you the specific store...
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    AWESOME! Glad someone here at HF was able to...

    AWESOME! Glad someone here at HF was able to snag it!
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    My gf and I will also be heading down there...

    My gf and I will also be heading down there although we won't be leaving until Saturday. Maybe we'll see you there. I've never been to this area either, but Koomer Ridge is in a National Forest...
  15. For your permethrin needs, it might be worth your...

    For your permethrin needs, it might be worth your time to check any sort of livestock supply stores in your area for something like this Permethrin concentrate. I have used it to great effect on my...
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    I hope so. I'd go get it myself but I already...

    I hope so. I'd go get it myself but I already have a Rocketeer and can't really justify a 4th sewing machine at the moment. Especially not one that comes in such a large cabinet. I'd dump my 2...
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    Not new to me, but could be new to you. This...

    Not new to me, but could be new to you. This came up on Craigslist in the Chicago area. Wheaton specifically.
  18. As noted, condensation is a big problem with...

    As noted, condensation is a big problem with these blankets. You can't sew mylar. Any holes in the sheet tear out. Add to that the fact that the aluminum coating wears off over time. You'd have...
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    I use pins... Did you not pin it before you...

    I use pins... Did you not pin it before you started sewing?
  20. In the spirit of a DIY project, just use some...

    In the spirit of a DIY project, just use some wood dowels and drill holes through them. You could use hollow/solid aluminum or steel tubing/round stock but I would NOT use anything like a carbon...
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    You're putting way too much weight in it. Single...

    You're putting way too much weight in it. Single person at a time and you won't have them tearing apart on you.
  22. That's a nice score you got there! The Rocketeer...

    That's a nice score you got there! The Rocketeer or that 401 in the $100 ballpark is a great machine. I got my Rocketeer because my Brother wouldn't sew my webbing straps anymore and I don't think...
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    For what it's worth, if you're still...

    For what it's worth, if you're still experimenting, I used either 3/4" or 1" black gas pipe. To connect it, I used a threaded rod that fit tightly inside the pipe. I have Home Depot cut the gas...
  24. Is this the campsite with the fire rings set in...

    Is this the campsite with the fire rings set in the ground and the nearby outhouse? I'll talk to the gf and see if she'll let me come out there Saturday, we have Girl Scout cookies to pick up and I...
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    Count me in.

    Count me in.
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    Another 500A owner chiming in, the Ruffler is...

    Another 500A owner chiming in, the Ruffler is really only useful for making ruffles due to how it operates. I've never been able to get the binder foot to actually work, even with using...
  27. 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...
  28. 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...
  29. 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.)
  38. 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...
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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.
  47. 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...
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    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...
  50. 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...
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