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    Personally I would trust what the mainstream climbing equipment uses, 6 bar tacks. They are made to take a hard fall and not fail, much more forces than what we put them through hanging.

    The bar tack method also gives you a failure warning if one tack goes you will feel the pop and probably have time to get off the strap before the others go.

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    I've only tried the X in a box version, using 25kg fishing braid. I really can't see that giving...
    Or, as I have done on another pair of staps, you could do an over hand knot to form a loop. In fishing a figure of 8 loop is one of the strongest knots out there....Anyway my knotted looped staps have stood up to my weight all summer and don't look like breaking.

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    My home made ones are sewed with an X in a box, but when my original Hennessy provided ones failed on a trip (the spectra suspension rope cut through the loop), I improvised using a Double Figure 8 knot to recreate the loop.

    So if you're not confident with sewing, learn this knot and create some no-sew tree huggers out of webbing. Mine worked well for two weeks before I got home and replaced them with a hand-sewn set of huggers.

    Here's one way to tie the knot in question - (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3frgEfZW37I)

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    A few years ago, BPL did some destructive testing of various stitch patterns and concluded that the long vertical stitches were strongest. That agrees with the two other sources cited above. I sew my stitches 2" long.

    However, I would also recommend a minimum width of 1"
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    A very timely and pertinent thread - as I am just getting ready to make up some straps of my own. This is a great help - thanks, folks.

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    "Ho do you sew tree huggers?"

    Who you callin a Ho? I aint sewing nuthin if you don't learn to respect me around this house!

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    I think I am just going to take the straps to a shoe repair place and see if they can sew them for me.

    I was in the store yesterday and saw some 3/8" webbing and I forgot how small that stuff really is. I think my only problem with it will be being able to sew (or get it sewn) good enough to hold my weight which is not light at 235.

    I dont think the 3/8 is wide enough to use bar tacks on so I think I am going to get the long "MMMMM"type stich

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    I'm still wondering why you want to use the 3/8" material instead of 1".

    The 3/8" strap will be more problematic to sew and provide less protection for trees.

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    personal preference.

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