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    Glue a hammock together ?

    Has anyone tried just glueing ripstop together to hem and make channels for a hammock instead of sewing?

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    If anybody has a clue on how to do this I would live o know because I'm tired of my sewing machine.

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    Some kite builders use 3M tape for seams. Also there's a spray glue. See here http://www.kitebuilder.com/inventory/sprayglu.htm

    From what I gather, glue doesn't work very well for seams, especially if it's on a high stress area.

    Here's a forum about ripstop tape . http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.p...76271&p=753654

    Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. I'm sure someone who knows better will comment soon.

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    You could certainly get away with the edge hem and make a gathered end hammock. I would be hesitant with my limited knowledge of fabric glues for a channel end.

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    I wouldn't go there. I value my bones to much. Do you have enough length to just lash it together?

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    Second the notion you could use it for hems, but would want to do a whipped or tied end instead of channels.

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    I have plenty of length to gather or tie. I was just thinking about trying to do a channelled end to see if a glue would hold if it was whipped tight enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by saniun View Post
    I have plenty of length to gather or tie. I was just thinking about trying to do a channelled end to see if a glue would hold if it was whipped tight enough
    OK....I get what your going after now. I would think, yes, it'll work. Do to the simple fact that you'd just be using the channel as your gathering point, and your whipping/lashing would be well enough under the channel that it won't take any stress. Its just to hold your whipping back, correct? Like this http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=15205

    With that said, I still think running a straight line stitch down the end would be so much quicker and simpler than trying to keep the glue lined up correctly and keeping crinkles, wrinkles and bubbles from happening, JMHO.

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    I know I am somewhat biased but why would you choose adhesives over stitching? You say you are tired of your sewing machine. Are you experiencing a problem with it? My experience with fabric adhesives is they are fine for no load applications but I would not use them for mission critical purposes.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    I know I am somewhat biased but why would you choose adhesives over stitching?

    Perhaps this statement deserves some expansion. Adhesives can be very messy. Once they are set you can have a hard time changing anything, unlike ripping out stitches. If they do not set, they remain tacky or form loose sloppy hanging thingies from the fabric. If the adhesive is liquid you can have a real mess if you end up using too much. Dubious seams if you use too little. The seams must be kept flat and straight while drying, or you need to have a long surface to use an iron on if heat set. If the seams fold or bend before the adhesives sets, if it ever does, the resulting wrinkles reduce the appearance and strength of the bond.

    All in all, I find the ability to fold, spindle and mutilate the seams when sewn to take less space and provide a better, more reliable result.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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