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    DIYGS Hammock

    I'm looking for a good first DIY project and I like what I've seen at DIYGS. Did anyone else do the DIY hammock as a first project? How was the experience? I've got some "injecting" knowledge so that aspect of it should be the least of the learning curves to climb. I plan on using the 1.9 ripstop nylon and pretty much all the other materials he recommends. However, the 1.9mm TechLine is out of stock. Any reason I couldn't just use more Amsteel for the SRL? Thanks for your input!

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    Its an easy project. You shouldn't have a problem. You can use am steel as a ridge line if your not worried about weight. Its more than strong enough! Remember to post pics when your done. We love pics around here!
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    Hammock is a fine first project, nothing too complex and you end up with a hammock...what could be better. As far as SRL goes amsteel will work but it's overkill, zing-it is another good option if you have access to that,but I have hammocks with amsteel SRL, works great.
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    Just ordered all of my materials this morning. Got an email saying the 1.9mm is now in stock so opted for that instead of the Amsteel for the SRL. Can't wait to start posting pics!

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    It's a great first project. Word of advise: Don't do like I've done TWICE and sew the short channels first only to have to pull it apart and start over. Hemming the long edges comes first or else you close off your end channel. DUH!

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    Look for the Knotty mod as well. Easy to do and I think makes a nice improvement.

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    If you have never sewn anything before, you might to practice making a few stuff sacks to get a feel of working with the fabric and getting to know your thread injector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLeephoto View Post
    It's a great first project. Word of advise: Don't do like I've done TWICE and sew the short channels first only to have to pull it apart and start over. Hemming the long edges comes first or else you close off your end channel. DUH!
    I haven't done it, but it's good advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunner76 View Post
    If you have never sewn anything before, you might to practice making a few stuff sacks to get a feel of working with the fabric and getting to know your thread injector.

    Take your time and have fun
    What Gunner76 said. You're gonna want a stuff sack for it anyway. By the time you get that perfected you'll be ready. Rolled hems on slick nylon are a challenge for us new thread injectors. For the longer sections, I do about a foot at a time. Double fold, feed it through, and go again. Good news is, this is outdoor gear so don't sweat it if it's not perfect.
    If you have a button hole option on your machine you can use it for the "knotty mod" by placing the button holes inside the rolled hem seam allowances before you do the rolled hem on the long edges. Just finished my 5th sewn hammock & suspension with differing materials. It gets addictive.

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