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    Tree straps?

    I want to make some tree straps. What is the best thread to use and the best way to sew them?
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    Here is some good intel.....http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeGe...ml#TreeHuggers
    Use a polyester thread like Gutermann.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nu2hike View Post
    I want to make some tree straps. What is the best thread to use and the best way to sew them?
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    Are you stitching by hand or with a sewing machine?

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    I hand stitched mine using tarred bankline. It was a bit of a chore, but well worth it! Heavy duty stuff that'll last & last!!
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    Re: Tree straps?

    I use standard gutermann 100% polyester thread with no issues. I use a machine, don't have the patience to hand stitch.

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    I hope to machine sew! My sewing machine is fairly light weight but hopefully it will do the job!
    Will polyester unholstery thread work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nu2hike View Post
    I hope to machine sew! My sewing machine is fairly light weight but hopefully it will do the job!
    Will polyester upholstery thread work?
    It will work, but not all machines can sew well with heavier thread and the larger needles required, IME. Do some experiments; it's the best way to find out.

    You will be OK with 'regular' 100% polyester thread like Gutermann Mara 70 or the Gutermann 100% polyester from your local store. The main thing is to get the stitches well-formed, IMO.

    Multiple long lines of stitching (parallel to the edges of the webbing) are as strong as bar tacks.

    I'd use a triple lock stitch if it is available on your machine; otherwise I'd back stitch a bit, often, to prevent the stitching 'letting go' if a small section is damaged.

    Tree straps don't usually get very hard wear, unless something like a branch gets rubbing against them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nu2hike View Post
    I hope to machine sew! My sewing machine is fairly light weight but hopefully it will do the job!
    Will polyester unholstery thread work?
    I used polyester webbing for mine with polyester upholstery thread. Did a wide zig-zag stitch with a short stitch length, forward, back-stitch, and forward again. That way you have 3 layers of interlocked stitching. I did the over-lock like that on all stitches I think. Box stitch and then X stitching in the middle. They show no sign of letting go so far. I only did 1 box on each end though, and I've seen some folks do multiple boxes per end of their straps. Up to you what you feel safe with. I'm fine with just 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craige View Post
    I use standard gutermann 100% polyester thread with no issues. I use a machine, don't have the patience to hand stitch.
    +1 on Guterman.

    I'm paranoid about chance meetings with the ground so I did 3 boxes with the x pattern. If the machine is doing the work, the extra couple of minutes is well worth the peace of mind.
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    hi.
    another option for the (some times) lazy and impatient folks like me would be just trying a loop. I did mine with a 'double bowline'(hope this is the correct term!?), in 'the ultimate hang' the figure-8-on-a-bight is recommended.

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