Originally Posted by Dutch
I love it when people are amazed I can sew. It is really easy and basically common sense. To make backpacking gear and hammocks you only need 2 stitches; straight and zigzag. The only adjustments you need to do is the length of stitch and in case of zigzag, the width. Anything you need to know can easily be learned on the internet and Wal-Martís $1.00 yard bin can give you all the practice cheaply.
Let me make a disclaimer; Gear making can be very addictive. It can cause you to lose interest in things you thought were important. You could spend countless nights thinking about gear hammocks and tarps. Some of the known side effects are;
Cruising in every Wal-Mart fabric departments for 100 miles.
Looking at clothing to analyze the seams.
Little pieces of thread under your dinner table.
Alcohol stoves everywhere.
Decreased sexual activity.
Spending more time making hiking gear than hiking.
Until you know the effects you should not sew on alcohol. The very old, young and frail should consult a physician before and long strenuous sewing projects. If ripping out seams lasts for more than 4 hours consult your seamstress right away. Never make a Thong Hammock no matter how light it may be.
LOL- Thanks, I'll keep all of that in mind..