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    Quote Originally Posted by Gannoli View Post
    Great how-to Knotty. I have wanted to get into hammock camping buy didn't want to spend the $50+ on a ENO just to try it out. Plus I love DIY. Any ideas on anywhere else to get the rip stop? My Walmart doesn't have it and its $6.99 per yard at Joann's!
    Try http://www.backwoodsdaydreamer.com/

    Or there's a subforum in the DIY forum called "fabrics", and there's a sticky in there that lists a lot of the sites selling outdoor fabrics.

    But Scott over at DIYGearsupply/Backwoodsdaydreamer is a great one stop shop, a good starting point.

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    Has anyone tried cutting the whipped ends at a diagonal so it looks more like this?


    How does it hang?

    I've also considered putting a slight concave curve on the diagonal as well.

    I'd like to reduce/eliminate pressure on my inside leg and get an as flat as possible lay.

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    Instruction: Gathered End Hammock

    I have done the diagonal cut with the last one I made. I really can't tell the difference. Maybe with more of a diagonal cut would show results. I only had about a 6inch offset at the head and foot end for the cut.

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    Hammonkey - The diagonal (rhombus) cut looks like it should be helpful until you realize that once the material is gathered and both ends hung from suspension the rhombus shape kind of goes away. This is because the flexible material can't enforce the shape. Ultimately the two ends have to be inline with each other and not offset, like they are in the picture.

    If you want to experiment, use rope to whip the ends and you can play with things like pulling a little more material out at the edges vs. the center or pulling more out just on one side. It's easy to whip and unwhip as you try different combinations. Just Jeff has great instructions on his web site.
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    First one made and Question?

    Ok, just found this thread and just had to give it try. Totally awesome thread. Thanks Knotty for instructions. Anyway, so I got my first one made from 1.9 oz ripstop along with learning to sew. I made a few stuff sacks to practice before attempting the hammock. Getting better and hammock turned out good for my first one. But, I had a really hard time with rolled hem on with the ripstop. Couldnt get fold to lay down. I ironed hem and pinned it, but still had hard time. Anyone got any suggestions on making the rolled hem? I have googled rolled hem and most of what I found to help was a rolled hem presser foot?

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    Re: Instruction: Gathered End Hammock

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucs57 View Post
    Ok, just found this thread and just had to give it try. Totally awesome thread. Thanks Knotty for instructions. Anyway, so I got my first one made from 1.9 oz ripstop along with learning to sew. I made a few stuff sacks to practice before attempting the hammock. Getting better and hammock turned out good for my first one. But, I had a really hard time with rolled hem on with the ripstop. Couldnt get fold to lay down. I ironed hem and pinned it, but still had hard time. Anyone got any suggestions on making the rolled hem? I have googled rolled hem and most of what I found to help was a rolled hem presser foot?
    Clothes pins. :-)

    Seriously, pin the material in one way or another until you get the hang of it. But to keep it flat, try having your left hand "pulling" the fabric in back of the foot, as your right hand guides the fabric and maintains enough tension to keep the fabric laying down. Maintaining pace with the feed dogs of course... don't pull too hard!
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    I've never found ironing to be of much help with ripstop nylon. Sometimes I'll pin or clip the hem but most times I just fold as I sew. With practice your hems will improve and the cosmetics really don't matter much since the hem isn't structural.
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    I used paper clips to hold my hem as I sewed...It worked pretty well.

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    Re: Instruction: Gathered End Hammock

    Masking tape (someone else's idea) works well. Works great on silnylon too

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    Masking tape can barely stick to itself.. I have a hard time believing it sticks to silnylon.

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