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    DIY tablecloth hammock ripped.

    I received a tablecloth blank (thanks Chenvre!) and promptly sewed end channels using 3 stitch lines as most parachute nylon hammocks have. As a little extra reinforcement I sewed some bar tacks along the edges where the stitch lines start.

    After putting in some continuous loops I went to get in and all I heard was a tear followed be me on the ground. The fabric had ripped straight across just below my first stitch line. I was completely surprised considering how many people are using these as hammocks.

    I think what happened was my stitch holes were too close together and combined with the multiple holes from bartacks at the edges served to create a perfect perforation line across the hammock waiting to be torn like a paper towel off a roll. I think if I increased my stitch length and did not sew the small bartacks, then there would not have been a problem.

    After I got up and figured out what happened I was a little hesitant to sew new end channels and I did not trust the other end since I sewed it the same as the side that failed. I decided to cut off the other end channel and I ended up doing Warbonnet style whipping for the ends.

    This was my first DIY hammock and so the lesson I learned was I should think about how the stitching will function under tension.
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    Thanks for the heads up. When I made a tablecloth hammock instead of folding so I had three layers of material I put some grosgrain in as the third layer and sewed thru that... so far so good. What was you stitch length when you got the failure?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    Thanks for the heads up. When I made a tablecloth hammock instead of folding so I had three layers of material I put some grosgrain in as the third layer and sewed thru that... so far so good. What was you stitch length when you got the failure?
    I think I had it set at 2 on my machine. The bartacks were probably a big culprit because of the sheer number of holes. Also, with the amsteel loop larksheaded through the end channel, the side edges get more stress when first getiting in which is when it ripped. Once a tear starts, it doesn't take much for it to continue.
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    DIY tablecloth hammock ripped.

    Nooooooo!


    Sorry to hear... That's the same way I do my hammocks, although I use longer stitches (4 on the machine)

    I also do bar tacks at the edges. I'm a big guy and really toss and turn in these and have yet to see stretch holes from sewing, let alone tears. Maybe the fabric was faulty? What size needle did you use?

    What a bummer, but I guess you needed another reason for me to send you something else so you can get those tyvek envelopes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chenvre View Post
    Nooooooo!


    Sorry to hear... That's the same way I do my hammocks, although I use longer stitches (4 on the machine)

    I also do bar tacks at the edges. I'm a big guy and really toss and turn in these and have yet to see stretch holes from sewing, let alone tears. Maybe the fabric was faulty? What size needle did you use?

    What a bummer, but I guess you needed another reason for me to send you something else so you can get those tyvek envelopes!
    I don't think the material was faulty because it ripped right along the first stitch line. I used a #14 needle. You have my address, you can send me whatever you want.
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    Remembering back to the days when magazines told us details like look for 6-8 or 7-9 stitches per inch then translating to 2 on a newer machine is probably 2 mm or ~ 12 stitches per inch... It will be interesting to see what the experts have to say.

    OTOH it does provide something to think about. ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by nothermark View Post
    Remembering back to the days when magazines told us details like look for 6-8 or 7-9 stitches per inch then translating to 2 on a newer machine is probably 2 mm or ~ 12 stitches per inch... It will be interesting to see what the experts have to say.

    OTOH it does provide something to think about. ;-)
    Yeah the small stitche never even occurred to me. I too would like to hear other's opinions.
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    You didn't stitch it, you perforated it. Did you use a ball end needle or a chisel end, you know, just to finish off the effect.

    No malice intended. Fold it over, back that setting off a tad and sew in another channel. You didn't lose too much length. You could just whip what you have left but I'd rather sew it on a higher setting an prove what caused your problem.
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    This makes me feel better about my sloppy uneven stitches. I made both of mine double-layer..that probably helped too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrClean417 View Post
    You didn't stitch it, you perforated it. Did you use a ball end needle or a chisel end, you know, just to finish off the effect.

    No malice intended. Fold it over, back that setting off a tad and sew in another channel. You didn't lose too much length. You could just whip what you have left but I'd rather sew it on a higher setting an prove what caused your problem.
    Yeah I know I perforated hence my paper towel reference. As I mentioned, I already whipped it. Can you explain about the ball end needle. I'm a sewing newb.
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