Thank you all for this little helpful little community, responsible for setting me down the satisfying make-your-own-gear route, and given new lease of life to an old discarded mechanical sewing machine.
I'm a day-hammocker so far, with an eye to camping in the next few years. For now my children are fairly small and we really enjoy sleeping all together in a big tent. I hope we'll do some backpack camping in the next few years, perhaps in hammocks.
As of this past weekend we are now a two-hammock family, thanks to Knotty and his clear and easy gathered end hammock instructions, TheBrewGuy for his excellent whoopie sling instructions, and Dutchware for supplying all the bits: Argon 1.6, tree straps, Dynaglide for a whoopie sling, splicing needle and some Lash-It for whipping and a SRL.
I had to make another as the kids never let me into the Kammock Roo I bought. Yes I was sucked in by marketing and a nice website, but to be fair it is well made, and very nice cloth - just a little heavy and expensive. If I knew where to buy that cloth I'd get some to make another hammock.
So now my two hammock & suspension kits are one @ $128 and >2lb, and another @ $35 and <1lb.
The sewing machine — er — thread injector — I scored from my MiL's attic is an old Riccar mechanical, I'd guess 1960s, which has a 'silk' setting, which seemed like the right choice for the silky nylon, and will do zig-zag, and buttonholes if I get the right foot. Perfect for me at this stage. I found the manual online, oiled it up, and it worked like a champ. Those few times playing on scraps with my mother's Singer as a child actually turned out to be a little useful.
Next, a stuff sack, then maybe a bug net ... then a tarp ... and probably another hammock...