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    DIY UQ fit problems

    I made a DIY UQ out of a cheap target rectangle sleeping bag.

    I did channels down all 4 sides out of 2" grossgrain, and ran 1/8" shockcord down the 2 long sides.

    I then took 1/16" shock cord, and used it in the short sides to be able to cinch everything tight.



    The finished product doesn't look half bad



    The problem is, it's not sitting snug up to my back/butt when I'm in the hammock, there's a good 2" gap in the center.

    I've been messing with it for 2 hours, and still can't eliminate it, any suggestions?

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    That's something you're going to have to play with for a while. the main problem is that a comfortable position in your hammock requires a diagonal lay, while the UQ is essentially a straight rectangle; so they don't align too well to each other. Try playing with the long side cords, tightening them may help a bit. I actually sewed buttons and loops on to my DIY UQ and to the hammock for a more secure placement of the UQ. It helped me a lot. have someone locate the points where the attachments will go, while you are laying in it for a more precise fitting. Hope this helps.

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    Thanks for the reply, I do think it's a problem with the length of the UQ suspension. I'm going to keep playing around with it.

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    I had the same issue when I made my sleeping bag UQ
    you need to add secondary suspension



    at the top is the main suspension shock cord , but I added loops on each corner and added a second shock cord (thats the one with the knot in the middle ) these pull the ends of the UQ out and snug it up quite nice.
    the bottom cord lock is to cinch up the ends

    I hope this makes sense.

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    I think you well get better results and no gap if you reinforce the corners and pull out and up from those corners with shock cord. pulling the quilt against the bottom. The shock cord running through the side channels aids abets the sage.

    Or, cut 2" wide windows in the side channels midway on both sides so you have access to the "guts", the shock cord.

    Now hang those shock cord of hooks you sew to the hems of the hammock where the windows appear. You're now supported in the middle, where there had previously been a gap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lofty View Post
    I had the same issue when I made my sleeping bag UQ
    you need to add secondary suspension

    at the top is the main suspension shock cord , but I added loops on each corner and added a second shock cord (thats the one with the knot in the middle ) these pull the ends of the UQ out and snug it up quite nice.
    the bottom cord lock is to cinch up the ends

    I hope this makes sense.
    It makes sense.. I think.. but I do want to clarify before I pull out the thread injector again.

    So, you have 2 "triangles" of suspension running on each end of the UQ, all leading up to 1 attachment point on the hammock suspension? The outside lines are channeled to allow you to adjust the location of the UQ, but the inside ones are fixed?

    I've kinda got it adjusted to where it's snug on my back, butt, and thighs, but on both ends, there is literally a sudden drop where 10-12" is hanging below the hammock. Running the second lines as you suggest would solve it, I just want to make sure I understand it correctly before I start another epic battle with the injector. (It hates sewing grossgrain)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemostiX View Post

    Or, cut 2" wide windows in the side channels midway on both sides so you have access to the "guts", the shock cord.
    I'm going to try this first, it would accomplish the same thing, and only takes a pair of scissors, and a bic lighter (to seal the cut) If it solves the problem, I'll be able to go back through and reinforce the "windows" if fraying becomes an issue.

    Thank you all for the help, I'll post back over the weekend with how it's working, to dark out now to mess with it.

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    Try some triangle thingys if you have a ridge line, they will help pull the quilt in the vertical direction. Also might try some thicker shock cord than 1/8. If it a heavy bag, it might be too heavy for the cord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hk2001 View Post
    It makes sense.. I think.. but I do want to clarify before I pull out the thread injector again.

    So, you have 2 "triangles" of suspension running on each end of the UQ, all leading up to 1 attachment point on the hammock suspension? The outside lines are channeled to allow you to adjust the location of the UQ, but the inside ones are fixed?

    I've kinda got it adjusted to where it's snug on my back, butt, and thighs, but on both ends, there is literally a sudden drop where 10-12" is hanging below the hammock. Running the second lines as you suggest would solve it, I just want to make sure I understand it correctly before I start another epic battle with the injector. (It hates sewing grossgrain)
    Yes there are 2 lines (triangles of suspension)
    The main (outside) runs through gross gain the length of the UQ
    I sewed a tab in each corner - the one side is tied with a knot - the other(which you can't see in my pictures) is actually looped through the tab and has a toggle to adjust it.

    perhaps this pic can give you a better idea - you see the shock line with the knot --- the other side is actually on a plastic toggle to adjust it.


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    Snug it up more. Sometimes you'll lift the empty hammock. Once you properly tension the long sides, then fiddle w/ the head and foot ends. Normally a gentle snugging is all thats needed to get a good seal. Dont crank the ends!!

    If your quilt is too narrow, it may be difficult to get a good fit. What are the dimensions?

    Heavier quilts sometimes need additional support. Adding a shockcord that is midway on the quilt and then passes over the hammock rl.

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