1. I would love to make a bridge hammock, but the curves would destroy me.

2. Originally Posted by traviso71
...but the curves would destroy me.
Is that a function of paranoia, or is it an irrational fear of curved surfaces?

3. Originally Posted by angrysparrow
Is that a function of paranoia, or is it an irrational fear of curved surfaces?
HAR! Its the rational (I think) fear thatI would buy a crapload of fabric to make a double layer bridge, & totally screw it all up, because I have NO idea how to make the cuts!!! I read Tee Dees thread... using books, tentpoles, etc... then I read on Grizz's thread.... I think that a bridge hammock (if I could make it wide enough, I have broad shoulders) would be the end all for comfort for me... and having a square cut, would likely make quilts easier to craft.... But like I said, I am afraid of it.

and of course.... sewing a curved line!!!! *goes glassy eyed*

4. parabola paranoia?

5. Originally Posted by traviso71
and of course.... sewing a curved line!!!! *goes glassy eyed*
Hell, curves are easy! I don't think I've sewed a 'straight' line yet.

6. Originally Posted by NCPatrick
parabola paranoia?
HAHAHA Thats great Pat!

Hell, curves are easy! I don't think I've sewed a 'straight' line yet
Man, & Cannibal hits a homer as well!!!

7. Pin it and go slow and you can sew anything.

I think when you throw in all of the little sewing things using a curved board is good enough for most. If not I found the MATLAB M-file that Blackbishop wrote to calculate a cat curve for every 1/8 of an inch.

Having said that my next tarp is going to be a rectangle then a square. I am curious to see how much difference it makes.

8. Maybe I could buy some used fabric from Just Jeff, have it shipped to Grizz, who I would give a few bucks to make the cuts for me... then have him ship the cut piece to Preacherswife who would sew it for me, then mail it to me! har!

9. Originally Posted by traviso71
I would love to make a bridge hammock, but the curves would destroy me.
So my highly refined scientific high precision method is to make a print-out of a distance from the edge of the fabric every 3 inches or so. I fold the fabric to be cut in half down the long way, so that I'm cutting both edges at the same time.

Then I highly scientifically with high precision use a yard-stick to connect adjacent marks with a straight line. Then I highly scientifically with high accuracy use a rotating cutter on a board to try and follow the lines within 1/8" or so. Then I'm done.

Locally everything is straight. In any given inch or two of sewing you are sewing a straight line.

Try it out on a piece of \$1 bin wallymart fabric first. 3 yard experiment == \$3 for confidence building and peace of mind. You can do this.

Grizz

ps if you want the print-out of distances from the edge to make, just PM me and I'll get you set up.

10. I would love to make a bridge hammock, but the curves would destroy me.
Poster board, String, Push Pins, tape.
Cut poster board into about 10" strips and tape together the length of hammock.
Pin poster board to wall and place a push pin on each end the length you want the hammock
Attach string to push pins until it drops to 6" in center.
Take marker and make dots along the length of string
Connect dots
Cut out template
lay template on fabric, mark, cut.
If you mess up it is only cardboard and if you make another bridge you save a bunch of time.

You could fold your fabric in half and only use half the template to mark and cut like Grizz suggested

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