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    UQ grossgrain channel width Q

    On vacation with extended family discussing DIY UQ project with Mom. So exited. Anyway, when we sew grossgrain channels on the sides, what width grossgrain ribbon should we buy? Thanks.

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    One inch GG should suffice, although 1 1/2 would likely be easier to work with and make it easier to thread the suspension lines through. I made the suspension channels on my UQ out of the fabric itself. Just added a couple of inches to the shell width for the needed fabric, and reinforced the exit points with GG.
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    I haven't used grosgrain on the edges of my UQ, but I allow 1-1/2" seam allowance to fold over the nylon shell material to make the channel. So, I suppose 1-1/2" wide grosgrain should do the trick. But, let some others vote on this before you decide.
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    I used 1.5" wide. It really helps to have a binder attachment for your sewing machine. It will fold the grosgrain in half and get the stitches in the right place top and bottom.

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    Thanks guys.
    Mad and Cataverie, a year ago I asked if you could make the channels from the ripstop. Most people were pro grossgrain. One reason against ripstop channels was the ripstop doesn't grip the shockcord as well. Any comments ??

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    I just did a sleeping bag to UQ conversion--used 1.5" GG and it did fine. I don't have an attachment to bind like DetailMan, so the width let me get to the job done easily. I don't know that 1 inch would have done as well.

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    I just sew a loop of 5/8" grosgrain on the 4 corners and the suspension goes on that. Add a cord lock for adjustability, and a mini carabiner to clip to the hammock suspension, and you're cookin'. I suspect much lighter than all that extra shock cord and grosgrain.

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    PuckerFactor raises a good point. What is given up in that design however, is the ability to slide the UQ fore & aft once in the hammock to fine tune the adjustment. This is a matter of preference and probably not necessary if one uses the same hammock all the time and gets the rig dialed in.
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    Here's an example http://www.cutexsewingsupplies.com/s...aw-Edge/Detail I've heard these do a good job. They are sized for the grosgrain you are attaching, not the finished width.

    Here's a video link of how one works. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8GFjQfc-n0 When I saw this I had to make one for my own use. These are too cool. I'm not endorsing these particular products, just using them as examples.

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    Looking for some "bling" for a new hammock and came across

    http://www.strapworks.com/product_p/pepr1.htm the lightest ribbon you carry?

    Great patterns but the 1 inch is $0.39/ft. They are now offering a free 1 lb grab bag for the cost of shipping, so I might order and hope the freebie offsets the grossgrain...

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