Gutterman 100% polyester thread (also labeled as "Sew-All") is available locally at JoAnns and online from http://arrowheadequipment.webs.com/
and from http://www.diygearsupply.com/cgi-bin/isle.cgi?type=all
both members here on HF. Plus, they have all sorts of other material that you will need for your projects.
I use #12 "sharp" needles, usually Schmetz brand from JoAnns. Yes, all needles feel sharp but there are 3 categories - sharp, universal (regular), and ball. I believe "sharp" is best for thin nylons. The "ball" needles are for knits and the universals are in between.
I would be remiss if I didn't direct you to Ramblinrev's fine tutorials on sewing for the likes of us DIY'ers.
Check the 3 links in under Ramblinrev's post in this link... http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=30152