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    Python Skin with Structured Opening

    I decided it would be easier to slide the python skins over my hammock and sleeping bag if it stayed open by itself. So I figured out that I could put a ziptie in the rolled hem at the opening. Basically, just cut off the lock portion of the ziptie like in the photo below. Insert it into the rolled hem at the large end. The proceed like normal.



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    I used some 3/4" webbing in the hem of mine for stiffness. It works like a charm, it keeps the open end from rolling up, but is more flexible than the plastic strips.

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    Zipties are what Hennessy uses in their skins, by the way.

    On mine, I just cut the tie the full girth of the end of the skin, allowing for the seam. It's not a nice circle, but it's round everywhere except at the seam and it works fine. I also melt both ends of the tie where I cut them - rounds off the edges very nicely to prevent abrasion.
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    I didn't have long enough zipties. I kinda' figured Hennessy used zipties. That is what they feel like.

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    Looking at your pics, here is an idea I use on mine that might help them come out a little cleaner. I hem both openings, then I sew the long seam so that the skins come out wrong side out. Then I turn then right side out and sew another stitch line just below the fold on the long seam. This hids the ends. You could sew 2 stitch lines then turn it right side out, but I think my way takes more stress.
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    Ya know...some heavy weed eater line, like .08 to .130 mil, would probably work great for this application. Cut to length also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    Looking at your pics, here is an idea I use on mine that might help them come out a little cleaner. I hem both openings, then I sew the long seam so that the skins come out wrong side out. Then I turn then right side out and sew another stitch line just below the fold on the long seam. This hids the ends. You could sew 2 stitch lines then turn it right side out, but I think my way takes more stress.
    I just was not done yet.


    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    Ya know...some heavy weed eater line, like .08 to .130 mil, would probably work great for this application. Cut to length also.
    Good Point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    Ya know...some heavy weed eater line, like .08 to .130 mil, would probably work great for this application. Cut to length also.
    hey... i like that!
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lvleph View Post
    I didn't have long enough zipties. I kinda' figured Hennessy used zipties. That is what they feel like.
    Try Lowes... they have long enough zip ties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_pan View Post
    Try Lowes... they have long enough zip ties.

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    I just wanted to use what I already had.

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