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    You are better off with a Singer 306K or a...

    You are better off with a Singer 306K or a similar sewing machine build in Kilbowie Scotland during the years from about 1954 to 1965. The Singer 221 is too limited for your purposes. This maschine...
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    If you have time visit the Clydebank Sewing...

    If you have time visit the Clydebank Sewing machine museum
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXNTM7fCVcE

    and watch this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIMxwy8CLkw
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    Looks very nice, congratulations. But is still a...

    Looks very nice, congratulations. But is still a long distance to go. My advice, make it as easy as possible.

    Five years ago I had almost the same ideas in my mind. My first hammock was also a DD...
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    I can't believe that this would work that easy: ...

    I can't believe that this would work that easy:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2JarHx1Kg0
  5. It's a bit off topic. I'm a bike hammock camper....

    It's a bit off topic. I'm a bike hammock camper. A battery solutions is very important for me, because I use some electric devices, like my bike navigator, MP3 player with radio, handy and Sony...
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    A Singer Featherweight 221 is not easy to get in...

    A Singer Featherweight 221 is not easy to get in Germany. I tried it already hard. Up to now no chance. Most of my machines were build in Germany. Up to the mid 60s of the last century Germany...
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    If you spray some oil around you must be very...

    If you spray some oil around you must be very carefully. If oil comes on the commutator of the lever staff your motor can start to burn and smell heavily. I don't sew with motors which cannot be...
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    What problems do you have with your motor? There...

    What problems do you have with your motor? There is almost no problem which you cannot DIY, but only at your own risk.
    It is not a good idea to use an old sewing motor without any service. This can...
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    I learnt all these things and much more by doing...

    I learnt all these things and much more by doing or trying and also from reading Ramblinrev's posts in this forum. Up to November 2014 I made no single stitch on a sewing machine.
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    I'm currently the proud owner of 22 different old...

    I'm currently the proud owner of 22 different old German sewing machines. During the last four years I owned about 50 and sold already about 28. My oldest machine is a Adler Kl. 8 machine build about...
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    In general there are three different domestic...

    In general there are three different domestic machine types:

    - standard low shank machines with snap-on feet
    - standard high shank machines
    - Singer slant shank machines (not all Singer...
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    I have currently 11 machines (and no time to...

    I have currently 11 machines (and no time to sew):

    1x Anker (~1930 swing shuttle machine)
    6x Singer (~1947 - ~1965)
    2x Meister ZZ (1950, ~1960)
    1x Victoria (~1975)
    1x Phönix (1979)

    I got...
  13. That looks nice. I will try hard to do the same....

    That looks nice. I will try hard to do the same. Theoretically I know it already how it works. One stich line is hidden. In case of a DL one can hide another one!!! My stitch lines are almost...
  14. There are a lot of ways how it can be done. I...

    There are a lot of ways how it can be done. I made my first DL hammock more or less like Xtrekker explained in his videos with a few alterations.

    I have pad openings on both sides of my hammock....
  15. I never thought about it that the zipper could be...

    I never thought about it that the zipper could be attached to the inner layer too. It was also clear to me that the zipper should be attached on the inside of the hammock (between the two layers)....
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    Now it looks very good and is imo also fast...

    Now it looks very good and is imo also fast enough.

    In all my spreadsheets I used parabola or circular arc calculations only. There was no hyperbolic cosine function available and I didn't try it...
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    It's better now, because nobody needs points. But...

    It's better now, because nobody needs points. But now you have a big bug in your calculation.

    Make the following realistic example for a silpoly winter tarp:

    Distance 93" * 25.4 = 2362mm
    Sag...
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    Per Brandon's description of the normal BB...

    Per Brandon's description of the normal BB hammock body is roughly 120x63" and the ridgeline 101".

    I think Brandon calculates as follows: hammock body length * 0.833 + 1" = rl length.
  19. (Please read the notes in the following link...

    (Please read the notes in the following link carefully!)
    http://www.dream-hammock.com/ComfortRating.html




    I use Papasmurf's method. It is strong enough for me and it is imo a bit nicer than...
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    There is nothing wrong to buy it from Dutch. The...

    There is nothing wrong to buy it from Dutch. The much better solution, however, is imo, to make them from fabric remnants.

    NoSeeUm Tarp Skins With Guy Line Storage
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    When I made my first pair of tree huggers I had...

    When I made my first pair of tree huggers I had the same idea first. Then I thought I have to give sewing of DIY webbing loops at least one try, otherwise I will never learn how it works. I got my...
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    I would like to sew my second hammock with your...

    I would like to sew my second hammock with your old sorted out Kenmore. I'm sure that your Brother industrial machine can sew 100 times faster (not 100 times better) than I can think and this would...
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    My top cover is zipperless. I snap it with Kam...

    My top cover is zipperless. I snap it with Kam Snaps below the bug net when I need it. The big benefit is a very cheap zipper solution. I have one endless zipper with Papasmurf's zipper slider...
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    I never used such an uncommon angle. But you are...

    I never used such an uncommon angle. But you are right, shear force and cord tension is less with such a high hang angle.
    http://theultimatehang.com/hammock-hang-calculator/

    I will remind me next...
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    DD Mesh Hammock for 12 bugs cannot be beaten as...

    DD Mesh Hammock for 12 bugs cannot be beaten as gear hammock.
    Your hammock looks very nice but the manner you hang it would be life-threatening for me. Angle your hammock suspension (rope) better at...
  26. I love my DIY loop aliens...

    I love my DIY loop aliens. It was little work but I got them all for free. Now I have already three different versions, for any tarp two. :lol:
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    Flat felled seam is also easy to sew and also...

    Flat felled seam is also easy to sew and also strong, but with two drawbacks:
    a) you have to seal your seam and most likely not only once
    b) you can never have a very high ridgeline tension

    The...
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    Before you decide on such things you have to...

    Before you decide on such things you have to decide on the zipper solution (this is one of the hardest decisions). I have an attached (not completely removable) bug net combined with a completely...
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    It is very easy to sew a stuff sack from some bug...

    It is very easy to sew a stuff sack from some bug net remnants.
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    It's not as easy to decide which kind of...

    It's not as easy to decide which kind of grosgrain is best for this purpose. I used this nylon twill webbing and made very good experience whith it:
    ...
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    It could be that the softness of the cutting...

    It could be that the softness of the cutting board and the cutting pressure is more important than the knife/blade. Sharp razor blades alone do not solve the problem adequately.
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    I need not more than 5 in a decade (made in...

    I need not more than 5 in a decade (made in Solingen Germany and icehardened):
    http://www.obi.de/decom/product/LUX_Messerklinge_Trapez_0%2C4_mm_Comfort/2024099?template=PDP&box=box3
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    I use a normal carpet knife and a wooden cutting...

    I use a normal carpet knife and a wooden cutting board.
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    I should have added, that newer Singer machines...

    I should have added, that newer Singer machines sew not bad. The stitch quality is in almost all cases very good. The biggest problem with newer Singer machines is that almost all are hard to repair...
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    It's not a mechanic machine and hard to repair if...

    It's not a mechanic machine and hard to repair if you get problems. My experience with newer singer machines is bad. "The older the better" is especially true with Singer machines. I personally would...
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    It is most likely a little condensator in your...

    It is most likely a little condensator in your foot pedal. Try to open your foot pedal and to renew this condensator before you buy a new foot pedal. Show pictures from the inside of your foot pedal...
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    I still use my DIY thread stand with garlic net...

    I still use my DIY thread stand with garlic net for all my different sewing machines and never had any problems:...
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    Please read page 39 in this manual:...

    Please read page 39 in this manual:
    http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/440_5_8_10_16_22_dial.pdf
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    I like very old sewing machines (like your...

    I like very old sewing machines (like your Necchi) for which I can find a service manual and where I can solve all problems myself. I learnt a lot by reading old service manuals very carefully....
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    Your Necchi was build in Italy in the early 50s....

    Your Necchi was build in Italy in the early 50s. I guess before 1953. Here is all you need:
    Necchi BU Mira Service Manual
    There are also a lot of nice videos on YouTube...
  41. I don't know what goes wrong. Have no experience...

    I don't know what goes wrong. Have no experience with spreader bars because I don't want to carry them. What I have learnt from friends (watch this video at 4:50 -...
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    http://i67.tinypic.com/zmjfrr.jpg It's one of...

    http://i67.tinypic.com/zmjfrr.jpg

    It's one of these good old standard zig-zag machines build in Japan in the early 60s. Don't know exactly who build it. Two or three Japanese manufacturers incl....
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    This picture with 50 points was my first concern:...

    This picture with 50 points was my first concern:
    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=130192&d=1463064825

    However, I just found out that the horizontal distance...
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    Ask better Ramblinrev. He knows almost any trick:

    Ask better Ramblinrev. He knows almost any trick:
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    It is easy to steal and understand your code and...

    It is easy to steal and understand your code and I have no doubts that you did a very good job writing a nice interface application. I copied the following files:

    - catenarycurve.html
    -...
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    Divide the distance in mm by 25 (or 50) and round...

    Divide the distance in mm by 25 (or 50) and round the result off to an even number. Take the result as the number of points. Then you should get about one point for any (two) inch in distance. It...
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    Thank you very much, Engel rammsteini! Your...

    Thank you very much, Engel rammsteini!

    Your tool can be very helpful and it looks like that it works perfect. I tried it with a Kyocera laser printer. My brain rocks.

    It includes another nice...
  48. You can buy an extra bobbin winder....

    You can buy an extra bobbin winder.
    http://www.amazon.com/Simplicity-SideWinder-Portable-Bobbin-Winder/dp/B001CE8JBU

    or use something like a electric drill or hand mixer for bobbin winding. I...
  49. It's not the best method, it's also not simple...

    It's not the best method, it's also not simple and it costs you a lot of time when u use a bobbin for the top thread too. My top thread is about 2000m long and I consider the big industrial Gütermann...
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    It's all I need and it was relatively cheap....

    It's all I need and it was relatively cheap. That's the cheap bottle-green fabric from ukfabricsonline + 4oz Climashild from ExTex....
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