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    UQ suspension question

    OK, keep in mind that I know nothing about hammocking except that I want to do it. I have a hammock on order and I'm planning my DIY down UQ. I'm a long time backpacker and have become fairly proficient with a sewing machine and all that.

    But, what I don't know is, should I make the UQ suspension lines out of non-elastic cord or should they be elastic shock cord?

    I'm thinking that non-elastic cord would hold the UQ more snug to the hammock. But, I'm also afraid that I could over stress the delicate down UQ when getting in and out of the hammock, which may require elastic shock cord.

    So, what's a novice to do?

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    Use shock-cord. It will keep the quilt snugged up nicely as you toss and turn in the hammock.

    It's not an accident that shock cord is used on most of the commerical quilts.
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    elastic shock cord is the way to go. All hammocks will stretch as you lay in them and the elastic cord will auto adjust for this especially if you make the UQ with a differential cut.

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    OK, shock cord it is! Thanks!

    Now, should I use 1/8" or can I get away with 3/32" shock cord?

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    3/32 should be OK. I have used both with the same results.

    I usually make a tie out loop on each corner and a channel for shock cord on the head and foot end. Using the shock cord in these channels allows you to seal the ends or vent easily.

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    I agree, I was going to use shock cord though the hem at the head and foot of the UQ to "gather" the ends.

    I'm glad to hear I can use the 3/32" as all that shock cord can add weight.

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    Brandon's yeti quilts do it just the opposite... they have shock cord channels running along the edges. You then loop the shock cord over the "knot" at the end of the hammock.

    This design works very well, and I've found that it allows me to ditch the quilt entirely in the middle of the night by pushing the shock cord on the zipper side entirely over to the other side, so that the quilt hangs next to the hammock instead of under it. This is a great way to have your quilt out (not compressed in the stuff sack) even on nights that might be too warm for it.

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    I was thinking of sewing in a 1/2" nylon crossgrain ribbon in the hem along the long edges of the UQ for re-enforcement. Then sew loops at the corners to attach the shock cord to the hammock suspension knots.

    Another piece of shock cord would run transverse to the hammock, inside each hem at the head and foot ends for gathering.

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    Brandon's yeti quilts do it just the opposite... they have shock cord channels running along the edges. You then loop the shock cord over the "knot" at the end of the hammock.

    This design works very well, and I've found that it allows me to ditch the quilt entirely in the middle of the night by pushing the shock cord on the zipper side entirely over to the other side, so that the quilt hangs next to the hammock instead of under it. This is a great way to have your quilt out (not compressed in the stuff sack) even on nights that might be too warm for it.
    Brandon's design allows you to slide the UQ front to back from inside the hammock. I think he also has a few other design features that keep it from bunching up and to seal to hammock. If you are making a full length UQ this does not work as well.

    As far as attaching to hammock ends or moving out of the way both ways will work the same.

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    I'm making a winter down uq and I've decided on shockcord running along the length of it. I've put cordlocks at the middle points so I can adjust it after I get into the hammock. Can't say much more than that because it's sort of HOT here and the one day I tried my quilt out in the back yard, I was roasting. So testing (checking the shockcords, moving the quilt, seeing how cold I can use it, venting it ect) of my new uq will have to wait till it gets cold again.

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