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    Wrathe, I'd be willing to send you 12' feet of 7/64" amsteel for your ridgeline, if you want. Just pm your address and I'll put it in the mail.

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    Maybe you guys can help me out.

    I've put together a double layer hammock of what I think is 1.9oz ripstop. There has been no sewing at this point as I don't have a thread injector. I've been trying the whipping method and am a little baffled.

    I first tried the "W" method but found the center ridge to be too much. Then I re-whipped it with just a simple gathered end and found that there was still a significant amount of center tension. A lot more than I expected!

    All this after I returned an ENO DN. I'm sure there is a way to get this right, I just haven't found it yet.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!

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    I've not found a hammock (other than bridge style) that doesn't have the center tension. One thing that makes it less of a problem is to make your hammock big. Length is your friend, except when it comes to finding a tarp that fits.
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    Hammock Lenght

    Okay, I'm the ultra hammock noob. I just joined the Hammock Forum and don't know quite the best place to ask this question. Saw this site and thought it would probably do. Is there a rule about how long your hammock should be in relation to your height?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrItchyElbow View Post
    Okay, I'm the ultra hammock noob. I just joined the Hammock Forum and don't know quite the best place to ask this question. Saw this site and thought it would probably do. Is there a rule about how long your hammock should be in relation to your height?
    Not sure but I believe the last one I made had a raw material length of 10'6" and I'm 6'2".
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    Quote Originally Posted by PropellerHead View Post
    I first tried the "W" method but found the center ridge to be too much. Then I re-whipped it with just a simple gathered end and found that there was still a significant amount of center tension. A lot more than I expected!
    You could cut the ends on a slight curve such that the centerline length is a couple of inches longer than the edge length.

    I'm still feeling my way along when it comes to hammock making, but I did make one with the opposite of what I said above, but more exaggerated, and it felt like sleeping on a log. The hammock was barely stable.
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    I have my nylon, Amsteel on order, my mother in laws sewing machine... I'm all ready to sew but want to verify that there isn't a specific thread type/weight I should be using... anyone?

    Adam
    Last edited by hailea; 07-25-2011 at 22:41.

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    I've made seven hammocks, since joining the forum. I do height plus 4 feet, that worked well for me so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hailea View Post
    I have my nylon, Amsteel on order, my mother in laws sewing machine... I'm all ready to sew but want to verify that there isn't a specific thread type/weight I should be using... anyone?

    Adam
    Most folks use Gutterman Sew All. It's available at JoAnns.
    But most importantly, whatever you use, make sure it is 100% polyester. Any other thread will rot in the outdoor environment!
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    giving it a try....

    Well with the low cost of 1.9 ripstop I'm giving it a try the next week or so. figure being 6ft. I'll start with 11'4" raw material and use Knotty's example. If the sides are too floppy I'll just get some more and try the other way with the cut back ends and keep tweaking till I get it. Thanks for the info and responses to this thread.

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