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    I did it!!!

    I have completed my first DIY hammock!!!
    I did NOT follow Speers exactly. Instead of tying a knot in the end of the hammock, I sewed 1/2" bias tape to the entire perimeter of the fabric (3 yds of ripstop 1.9) After I had finished sewing the bias tape to the edges I folded it all down to completely hide the tape and then did a double straight stitch.
    I then created two "sleeves" at each end of the hammock. I TRIPLE stitched the seams and bar-tacked the corners. (see my gallery for pics)
    In the sleeves I looped about 8-10 inches of spyderline. I tied it off with a square knot and a double overhand knot on each loose end.
    Since I have not received my rings yet I have put a biner through the loops.
    The support lines are 1.5 inch by 15 feet polyester webbing from strapworks.com
    The ridgeline is some more spyderline.
    So far I LOVE it. very comfy. Very light and very strong.
    I can see how this is VERY addictive...I am already scheming on how to create another with some new features...Plus I need to add some velcro (hook and loop) to the sides so I can attach a bug net or garlington insulation.

    Take a look in my gallery and let me know what you think.

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    Looking real good. I also set-up my first Speer style hammock today to test out. Now all I need to do is sew the hems. My first sewing project.
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    I like your double ended sack, I may have to try that myself.

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    Looks great. Welcome to the DIY addiction.
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    Looks comfy! Congratulations.
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    Nice job. I'm currently working on a HH Clone. But I don't have much time to work on it so I don't know how long it'll take. It is addicting, I've made a couple Speer type hammocks and a ZHammock and have to make another ZHammock for a friend.
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    I got my rings from REI yesterday. That was FAST. I have attached them to my hammock, but I am still at work so I will have to test and get pics tonight.
    WOOHOO!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cameronjreed View Post
    I got my rings from REI yesterday. That was FAST. I have attached them to my hammock, but I am still at work so I will have to test and get pics tonight.
    WOOHOO!!
    That's great. I like my ring setup. Play around with the knots and how tight the rings are. I think that makes a big difference.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cameronjreed View Post
    I got my rings from REI yesterday. That was FAST. I have attached them to my hammock, but I am still at work so I will have to test and get pics tonight.
    WOOHOO!!
    I just finished sewing my first hammock today. Am about to whip it, whip it real good in a minute. I'm then gonna take a nap in my 11 foot hammock.
    Your really gonna love the ring/biner combo. I cant say enough good things about it.
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