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    and use a good, strong, 100% poly or nylon thread, not cotton.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmendell View Post
    Sewing a loop is certainly more elegant. Is there a specific thread that should be used? Weight? Composition?

    My wife sews. She can help, although may balk when sticking that webbing under her very nice machine!
    Like Tim said, use good quality hydrophobic 100% polyester thread. I get this stuff from Thru-Hiker:

    http://www.thru-hiker.com/MaterialDe...cat=Roll+Goods

    Other people use Gutermann's. It's probably easier to get ahold of (your local sewing supply store), but it's more expensive too.

    As far as the machine, just use a good heavy needle and you should be fine. The webbing is pretty loose-woven, so unless you bend the needle you shouldn't do any damage.
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    Why wait for the snow to melt? Jump right in!
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    The wife already thinks I'm nuts....might as well, I guess!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmendell View Post
    Sewing a loop is certainly more elegant. Is there a specific thread that should be used? Weight? Composition?

    My wife sews. She can help, although may balk when sticking that webbing under her very nice machine!
    Or just buy a old heavy machine like mine:
    http://biketour.blogspot.com/2006/06...sewing_15.html

    A guy built it for me. He added a big flywheel to reduce the gearing and a big motor. It can hack through lots of thick stuff. Plus it has a big hand crank to. It's fun to see just how powerful this thing is. It was only $225 or so. Many of new machines are for dressmaking. I guess it's like a jazz musician's horn. A lot of saxophonists play on these old Mark VIs made back in the 50s and 60s. There's just something about the old stuff that the new stuff doesn't have.

    Here' the guys ebay store. Just contact him and he'll build you something if your wife is too worried about messing up her machine.
    http://stores.ebay.com/Firefly-Ridge-Sewing-Products
    Last edited by funbun; 02-22-2007 at 10:26.

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    Hah! I've got an old Mark VI sitting right behind me! Go figure. It's my wifes...her folks picked it up at a garage sale in the early 70's for $200. She sounded great on it. I might as well be playing a kazoo...

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    Just tested the buckle-carabiner system. This sure beats the bleep out of using tree huggers. Or worse yet spectra only
    I'm using 12 feet of Speer webbing each side. Plus I had about 2 feet of spectra on each side after I made the cut. Not only is this much much easier and quicker to set up and break down, I now have more options such as using really wide trees. Thanks for the info. TeeDee and Jeff.
    I was thinking of tying a simple knot in the webbing at the buckles after I have it set up correctly. Call this a "Piece Of Mind" knot. Probably "Knot" needed but it might help me sleep better.
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    I found this spectra. It cost half as much but is also almost half the strength. This should work don't you think?

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    That's the exact same stuff I use.
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    I tried out my ring setup last night for the first time. I am pretty happy with it. It is the quick setup with a lot of adjustablity that I am looking for.

    A side note. It may have been just user error or the first time that I used this set of straps, but I noticed a little bit of slippage or the straps through the rings. I tied a simple quick release loop in the strap after the rings. That held fine all night.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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