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    Making Tree Huggers

    Im getting ready to make a couple pairs of tree huggers and I cant figure out how the loops are supposed to be sewn in. I was planning on setting it to a zig-zag stitch and doing a box with an X inside. any tips? i did a quick search and nothing really came up. i just dont want my stitching to be weak and have the whole thing break on me.
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    8-10 zig zags will work 2-3 box-X stitches will work or a combination of both will work. Box X is supposed to be stronger but I have had someone with some lab time say that a handful of zig zags held over 1000 pounds.
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    Pages 12-15 of this link will tell you more than most people want to know about stitching loops in webbing.

    http://www.caves.org/section/vertical/nhback/NH03.pdf
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    Nice read OG. I've seen and used both. Ed Speer's book says to use 4 (I think) bartacks (overlapping zigzags). I've also used 2 square box-X-stitches. So far, I've stayed off the ground...

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    The zig zag is not absolutely required. It makes people feel like it is safer but the commercial loops are not zig zagged. Mutiple passes on a couple of bar tacks finished out with some good stitching to make the box and the "X" are plenty strong for me. I'm a chunky dude too.
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    I neglected to give credit for the link...came out of Albert Skye's article on tree huggers. My bad. Sorry, Albert.
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    I use 4 bartacks on the ones I sell.

    2 hold me fine at 275#.

    Testing I did for Warbonnetguy showed the stitches are stronger then the webbing. I cant remember how many he used on the test pieces he sent, but they all failed right about at the middle of the pieces. The stitching stayed intact.

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    thanks again, if i can get my sewing machine up and running tonight i should have these done in no time

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    I use two overlapping Box-Xs on each loop, with a straight stitch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    I use two overlapping Box-Xs on each loop, with a straight stitch.
    I used satin-stitch box/x. Definite overkill, but I didn't know better at the time!

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