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    fabric?

    I've seen multiple references to using the walmart $1 fabric bin. Can you use this stuff for a weight bearing hammock? Has anybody found anything in these bins that comes close to rip-stop in weight/strength?

    Hancock Fabrics in my town sells Fabri-quilt #128. According to the Fabri-quilt website this is 1.9 oz rip stop. I bought 3 yards (actually got 10.5 feet) for my DIY hammock.

    Is on-line/mail order the only source for 1.1 oz silnylon? I make trips to Atlanta from time to time. Is there a store there that stocks this material?

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    1.9oz ripstop from Walmart is fine for hammocks...just make sure it's not damaged or anything. If you're lucky, you can find 1.1oz sil there, but not very often. Otherwise, online is about your only option.
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    oh yeah, a lot of folks have made hammocks from the $1.00 stuff.
    it can get a little tricky figuring out what to get, but they usually have something that's hammock worthy.
    sometimes they have rip stop... either something close to 1.1oz or 1.9oz. but i have made several hammocks out of non- rip stop.
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    Everything I have made has been from fabric from the WM $1 bin. I have found 1.1oz ripstop, 1.9oz ripstop, Supplex, Silnylon, DWR coated ripstops, etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    Everything I have made has been from fabric from the WM $1 bin. I have found 1.1oz ripstop, 1.9oz ripstop, Supplex, Silnylon, DWR coated ripstops, etc...
    They have Tyvek at Walmart now???
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    Everything I have made has been from fabric from the WM $1 bin. I have found 1.1oz ripstop, 1.9oz ripstop, Supplex, Silnylon, DWR coated ripstops, etc...
    How do you tell what is what? I went to WM today looking for Supplex to try for a hammock but the $1 bin material was almost all labeled "unknown material." I did find something that looked like ripstop so picked up 7 lin yards to play with and it is going through hour two of She Dino's drip test to give me idea of what it might be.
    For determining the weight of what I've got I'm thinking of filling a beaker full of water, stuffing the material in a plastic bag then lowering it in the beaker and collecting the overflow in a measuring cup.
    Think that might work or am I making it more complicated than it needs to be?
    Kiyu

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    i'm trying to remember if there is a thread that gives a basic idea what to look for when you go into a fabric store.
    sounds like another topic for one of our skilled article writers<g>.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    i'm trying to remember if there is a thread that gives a basic idea what to look for when you go into a fabric store.
    sounds like another topic for one of our skilled article writers<g>.
    Materials identification & characteristics, thread types/weights & stitching methods certainly would be helpful to we folks just getting into this.
    Most of the good fabric stores around here have closed but there is still one left. I'll just have to visit frequently and fondle fabrics until I can identify them.
    Determined from Dino's test my material is DWR Ripstop. Did the water overflow weight thing/sq. yds. and came up with 1.09 oz. sq. yd. Closer to 1.1 oz. than I thought I'd get. Too light for a hammock but something to play around with.
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    Okay except the Tyvek, webbing (not really material), and the silk for my silk hammock. Almost everything.
    Last edited by headchange4u; 04-27-2007 at 08:56.
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    Man, I hardly find anything at walmart, but I only go there 3 times a year. I did get 18yds of 1.1oz Sil Navy Blue. Used that all up while I was learning to sew. I made a couple backpacks with it, a couple tarps, some snake skins, and some other crap.

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