I'd like to make a Explorer length HH clone. Any ideas on the fabric dimensions needed?
OK, took my son's (9) gathered-end hammock and followed the directions. Everything was PERFECT... except...
I decided to go Velcro, since I had it. I sewed the net on 1/2 the hammock. then sewed the velcro on. I should have done the velcro first. I had all kinds of problems with the net as the material stretches. Now I have 4" more velcro'd net than I need... now what?
I posted my location in Willis, Va. Double check to make sure I got it right. Thanks
Tony a.k.a. bugman0914
John - I had a similar problem sewing on the zipper on my attached HH style bug net. The netting stretched easier than the rip stop of the hammock body and as I sewed the netting I was actually stretching the netting. I used a seam ripper and removed that zipper half. Before attempting the 2nd time I made corresponding marks on both the zipper and the netting at certain points along the length (1/4, 1/2, 3/4) then as I sewed I was careful to not stretch the netting. I went slower than normal and every so often I would measure the distance to my next mark on the zipper and the net. That way if I was getting off on one or the other I could gradually adjust and not have a big chunk of excess netting.
Hope this helps.
I'm glad the last post on this 3.5 year old post is only a month ago. I don't feel like such a thread zombie. It is the first thread that brought me to this forum last night. I ran into the Hennessey website a year or two ago when I started planning motorcycle camping. Now, I've made several trips, usually once a year but sometimes more but I hadn't thought of Hammocks till again a couple days ago. On a motorcycle forum a member was asking about camping off the cycle and I mentioned the Hennesey as an option. Another member liked the look but we debated making our own. They of course remembered this thing called the internet and did a search and found you guys.
My problem is, I've found references for guys taller than me and their lengths in hammocks. I'm only 6'2" so I'll follow the 6'4" guys dimensions. But, I haven't noticed a lot of weights being listed and the Hennessey hammocks for my weight class start at around 375-400 bucks. Alright, I'm currently hovering around 300 pounds. I was fairly in shape at 265. Last time I was cut and running 3 miles a day I was 245. Yea, I'm big boned, don't make me cry.
What allotments does a feller of my, caliber, need to make?
I haven't just been reading this thread, though there is a lot of it. I have been making my way through the Professors videos on youtube and am making a pass through the various forum sections. Hadn't found one entitled Husky yet, so had to ask here.
For the info I've gleaned so far, thanks.
By the way, Schneiderlein, and some others, are you using a dual foot machine? I hate to think that someone can make such good seems with one foot. I've limited experience with a sewing machine, well, not too limited but I can bump my way around one. I just never have put two lines of stitching so parallel.
Wow, it's been a long time.
Let's see. I was about 265. I used this fabric if I remember correctly: Taslan or Dupot variant called Supplex.
I basically used seat belts as my suspension device.
I went with the double rings wit ha ridged line instead of a Hennessey copy. At the time a lot of people were making these Hennessey/Spear hybrid hammocks. They give you the ease of a making a Spear Hammock and the cool Features of a Hennessey.
Over the past year and a half I've lost 50 lbs, and it's changed my life. I can actually buy "normal" sized clothing. I didn't realize how much carrying that extra weight effected me.
I listened to a guy named Brad Pilon. Check out his YouTube channel. He's a background in science and nutrition, and has read an awful lot of research on what happens to your body when it consumes and doesn't consume food. He debunks a lot of myths out there, and it's all based in scientific research that's been around since World War II.
Think about it: The food service industry has the capacity to feed 3,900 calories per day per capita. That's about twice what you need. Well, what do they do with all that extra food? They convince us to eat it all with slick marketing.
The one thing they don't want you to do is eat less. They'll have you eating all kinds of stuff, i.e., veggie this, and protein that, and sugarless this, and fat-free that, everything except what's needed.
Anyway, that's enough soap boxing.
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