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    At each end and at the centerline, chalked a point 1.5 inches from the end... then used a flexible curve (you can use a piece of garden hose also) to set the curve lines. Rolled and edge, then sewed in the channel. When gathering thru the channel, naturally pulls ends and centerline in tighter along the length of the hammock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rreevestmmk View Post
    At each end and at the centerline, chalked a point 1.5 inches from the end... then used a flexible curve (you can use a piece of garden hose also) to set the curve lines. Rolled and edge, then sewed in the channel. When gathering thru the channel, naturally pulls ends and centerline in tighter along the length of the hammock.
    It's early in the morning when I'm reading this and not enough coffee in the system yet ... so let me make sure I have this right.

    Your hammock ended up 3" shorter (lengthwise) along the centerline of the hammock, than along the edges?

    Thanks for your help!
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    I read it as 3" shorter at each edge AND the centerline. The edge part I get but maybe you can explain why you did the centerline part? A tight centerline which pushes against your calves is a problem in many hammocks even w/o a centerline shortening.
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    I kinda followed JustJeff's "W" Whipping direction, when I trialed the outer edge pull thru only, I did get the knee pain and couldn't sit well on my side. I tried the "W" whipping, where centerline is pulled same as outer edges, and it created a pocket on each side of hammock, one for head side, one for legs. I did back off the foot end gather W down in the center to about 1", and still gave me a "pocket". Definately try a free-style whipping for this before you channel, I did have to tweak the original to get it ther before the thread injector started to spitting. Below is a link where I got the idea from:
    http://tothewoods.net/HomemadeHammock2.html
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    Increasing the center line tension seems counterproductive but it works for you and Just Jeff and I'm sure others who've followed his instructions, so who am I to argue?
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    thanks!

    Nice set of simple instructions. I am looking at my own DIY hammock (first hammock as a matter of fact) and have found several good sets of info- but I like this one. Nice and simple, and If I add a bugnet and tarp of my own to it, I should be good to go. Thanks again for the excellent slideshow instructions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrathe View Post
    Nice set of simple instructions. I am looking at my own DIY hammock (first hammock as a matter of fact) and have found several good sets of info- but I like this one. Nice and simple, and If I add a bugnet and tarp of my own to it, I should be good to go. Thanks again for the excellent slideshow instructions!
    Glad to help. Be sure to post some pics when done.
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    Knotty- Do you think it would be a workable thing to use a long nylon strap in place of the ridgeline rope? I would like to utilize straps for all of it except the 'whip/knot/gather'
    The main reason simply being that I am on an extrememly limited budget and I have a large number of nylon straps in my 'old gear' pile in the basement- several of which are 15-20' +. Thoughts?

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    You can do it but the problem with nylon straps and rope is that they tend to stretch, especially when wet.
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    Finally got a chance to hang my DIY hammock. My intent with this was to try out some ideas to see what worked and what i liked before moving on to more expensive materials. I have ripped it out and re-stitched it three times now trying different things and getting better at sewing. It is now a double layer gathered end design with about 1.5 yds of fleece insulation attach to the outer layer at the center. I also made a tube bug net out of tulle for it. I made the edges shorter than the center as discussed higher in this thread. At each edge end I took out 3" of edge length over 10" of end length. Lays very flat but still noticeably tighter in the center than the edges. I may try a curve across the entire end next time instead of just tapering the edges at each end. The bug net is a simple tube with one side stitched up all but about 2" to get the end through. The other end is channeled with a draw cord. The ASR and Woopies are DIY as well. The ASR was a PIF and I made the Woopies from 1/8 Amsteel. Let me know what you think.

    I think I have almost totally converted my friend in the pics to hammocks.
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