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    Hammock with curved ends?

    I've been thinking about calf ridge and similar problems, and it seems to me that one could help this problem by making a hammock where the gathered ends and channels follow some kind of cat cut. The edges would be longer than the center. Wouldn't that make it easier to lay flat, while also preventing tight spots toward the edges?

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    From everything that I've read, it is the opposite.
    To reduce calf ridge, you need a bit of extra material down the hammock centerline.
    Some makers do a ~3" curve on the foot end.

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    Surprisingly, no. It would work if you were a six foot steel pipe, but you are a flexible soft body instead. The hammock will spill you out.

    You can test this theory yourself with a quick whipped end sheet with the sides let out a bit.

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    hhmmm...never liked my DIY GE because of this. Using the mini spreader bars made a big difference as it allowed for the material to curve. Guess since hammock is laying around doing nothing and was cheap, lets get the scissors and find out! Will let you know what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leiavoia View Post
    You can test this theory yourself with a quick whipped end sheet with the sides let out a bit.
    I'm totally doing that. Thanks!

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    I'm about to make a gathered end for my son and I was thinking about doing a curved out cut on the gathered ends in order to pull up on the outside edges. I don't want him falling out so easily. I've never tried this but it seems like it would work. I picture something like an ENO once done.

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    There are quite a few threads from over the years on this topic that might be of assistance to you.
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    JustJeff's site covers this as well.

    When he gathers the ends, he pulls the sides out a few inches before whipping. You can pull the right amount to make a footbox if you start with 12'+ of material. Also, the longer the hammock, the automatic less chance of a calf ridge forming.

    Good luck and have fun experimenting. That's what makes DIY hammocking so much fun.
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    I recently made a hammock with approximately a 2” cat cut on both ends. I did whip the ends several times before I sewn the end perminate. It was super comfy with very little calf ridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryRSole View Post
    I'm about to make a gathered end for my son and I was thinking about doing a curved out cut on the gathered ends in order to pull up on the outside edges. I don't want him falling out so easily. I've never tried this but it seems like it would work. I picture something like an ENO once done.
    I recommend that you NOT do that. A straight-across end gather already does an excellent job of keep occupants inside.

    If you tighten the edges, it creates a skinny band of high pressure when you sit on it to get in. This can make the fabric tear. That's bad. See requisite Shug video: https://youtu.be/xrfBrIEH2-U?t=301

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