The tie-outs don't affect how the hammock lays, just how roomy it seems. It keeps the bug net spread out and can keep floppy hammock edges out of your face...but the elastic's strength is nothing compared to your body weight, so it doesn't change the actual lay of the hammock.
I almost never use my tie-outs...so seldom that I've actually removed them from two of my four hammocks with tie-outs, and I've never added them to any of my DIY hammocks.
“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall when the wise are banished from the public councils because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.” ~Judge Joseph Story
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IMPOSSIBLE JUST TAKES LONGER