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    Tableclothsfactory has free shipping through June 12th

    The title says it all. You can't hardly beat $12.99 for a 60" x 126" crinkle taffeta "hammock blank" (they call it a "rectangular tablecoth" ) All the sides are hemmed already. Just gather the ends and you've got a hammock.

    Just thought I'd pass along the opportunity to save on shipping. I missed it last time!
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    I think it's every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Then the rest of the week they usually have 10% off coupons.

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    Just finished my very 1st DIY hammock using the 60 x 126. It's the 1st hammock I've tried other than the rope ones with the large spreader bars. Tablecolth factory had it on my doorstep in 5 days.

    I whipped the ends for a no sew version with mason line one of the ends slipped a little while I tried it out today. Re-whipped with longer whipping (more wraps) and so far so good.

    Is there a better whipping material? Right now I'm thinking I'm going to learn to sew! Next decision is whether to by a BIAS or DIY one for my first backpacking trip.
    Last edited by dirtwheels; 06-12-2012 at 14:59.

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    whipping material

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtwheels View Post
    Just finished my very 1st DIY hammock using the 60 x 126. It's the 1st hammock I've tried other than the rope ones with the large spreader bars. Tablecolth factory had it on my doorstep in 5 days.

    I whipped the ends for a no sew version with mason line one of the ends slipped a little while I tried it out today. Re-whipped with longer whipping (more wraps) and so far so good.

    Is there a better whipping material? Right now I'm thinking I'm going to learn to sew! Next decision is whether to by a BIAS or DIY one for my first backpacking trip.
    A pair of good, hard braid boot laces. Easier on the hands than the small mason's twine and also strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old4hats View Post
    A pair of good, hard braid boot laces. Easier on the hands than the small mason's twine and also strong.
    That sounds like a great idea! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtwheels View Post
    Is there a better whipping material?
    I use a couple of Cable Ties and rely on snugging the suspension behind them to hold it all together. Very easy to redo if not satisfied with the lie.
    Omnia mea mecum porto. - I carry with me all my things

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    As an electronics tech I love those things, but as a guy that's spent time around old communications equipment I was always impressed with the craftsmanship of the old guys that did the cable lacing with the wax covered line. It seems the wax would also repeal water and that the wax would add friction making slippage a non issue.



    Quote Originally Posted by millergear View Post
    I use a couple of Cable Ties and rely on snugging the suspension behind them to hold it all together. Very easy to redo if not satisfied with the lie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtwheels View Post
    I whipped the ends for a no sew version with mason line one of the ends slipped a little while I tried it out today. Re-whipped with longer whipping (more wraps) and so far so good.

    Is there a better whipping material? Right now I'm thinking I'm going to learn to sew! Next decision is whether to by a BIAS or DIY one for my first backpacking trip.
    Instead of whipping, a great no-sew, no-slip method is Knotty's gathered ends: Click HERE

    I think you'll enjoy learning to sew your own stuff. It's challenging and very rewarding. Good luck!
    "Pips"
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    Of folding up a noisy day
    In quiet covers, cool and gray.

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    Surely, God could have made a better way to sleep.

    Surely, God never did.

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    Thanks! Isn't Knotty's based on running a cord thru the channel? The hem on the tablecloth is so small and only one pass with the thread so that doesn't seem like an option, as my trust in the Chinese thread for a tablecloth is quite low. But I haven't taken time to read the entire thread, I'll try to read the post soon.

    Gotta find the whoopie sling material and suspension material now. I hung D rings in my office and the larger diameter rope I used ain't gonna make for a light backpack!

    You're right, sewing in on my to do list. Probably going to sew up a couple of 1.1 hammocks for my daughter & I in a couple of weeks if it is substantially cheaper than what I can buy from BIAS. Probably going to purchase a couple of cheaper tarps and the $12 bug nets from REI for our 1st rigs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsissewa View Post
    Instead of whipping, a great no-sew, no-slip method is Knotty's gathered ends: Click HERE

    I think you'll enjoy learning to sew your own stuff. It's challenging and very rewarding. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtwheels View Post
    Thanks! Isn't Knotty's based on running a cord thru the channel? The hem on the tablecloth is so small and only one pass with the thread so that doesn't seem like an option, as my trust in the Chinese thread for a tablecloth is quite low. But I haven't taken time to read the entire thread, I'll try to read the post soon.
    I'm sure you'll figure this out, but I have a couple of tableclothfactory hammocks and I just threaded MASON'S LINE through the admittedly-tiny seam, then gathering the ends as tight as possible. Then, I lark's headed on my suspension. I didn't have any trouble.

    Knotty's method runs mason's line through the channel just to gather the fabric. The strength in Knotty's method comes from lark's heading the ENTIRE KNOT of fabric, not running the suspension through the channel. The lark's head pulls down super tight on the fabric. And the seam (a doubled-up chunk of fabric) is big enough to create a "stopper" that the tight lark's head can't slip over. Good luck!

    P.S. Mr. Pips was an ET in the USCG!
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