Originally Posted by Redoleary
I haven't had to "pin" the fabric to the corners of the suspension yet, it seems to not gather too badly in the center. I think the secret may beto get the suspension fairly tight on the under side of the bar, where it passes thru the hammock channel. Not positive tho'.
Fabric as tight against the bar is the correct answer. Tried several ways of running the channel and amsteel loops today and "discovered" your answer was correct. I think gmcttr's solution may be the best answer so far. Seems to be the only way to get the channel to stay spread out without sewing something else together, be it loops to channel or otherwise.
My amsteel loops are 12-inchers, neither holes in the bar or grooves with larks heads spread the fabric out. Too much length in the loops. Tried both 6-inch and 8-inch bars - same result, although the 8-inch was better. Shortening the loop length with an added wrap over the bar fixed the problem by tightening the channel closer to the bar, thereby keeping it spread out more. So anything that can keep the fabric channel "fixed" close to the bar appears workable.
Have not tried to answer my other concern about impact of having a spread bar and its affects on skins on the hammock. Trying later today after the 99 degree, 90% humidity drops a bit in the evening.