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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppabear View Post
    ... It is very doable to hand stitch an eye in your strap... Done properly it will be every bit as strong as machine stitching.
    Poppa Bear is right on the money with this tip. Tonite I just hand-stitched eyes in some brand new 1 inch (25.4 mm) webbing with polyester thread. I tried to break the eye by inserting a 1 inch dowel stick in the eye and pulling with all of my strength, but the eye was rock solid. Sewing something by hand can be so cool!

    I think the trick to hand sewing your own webbing eyes is to keep a solid tension on the thread after each stitch.
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    Another solution is to twist the eye of the hook open. These are not welded shut. I've done several this way.
    Last edited by pedro; 09-05-2010 at 21:53. Reason: spelling
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    For those of you that don't know HOI let me tell you about him, but first let me ask him if he remembers asking me if I was going to hike that day!
    He volunteered to shuttle me on an AT hike...I'd gotten off work (graveyard), drove up to the traihead, hiked in 200 yards and put up the hammock and crashed for the night. I grossly overslept and heard HOI saying 'are you hiking today?'.
    It was a several day hike in SNP and one day I came around a corner to a shelter and there was HOI in his big cowboy hat presenting me with a cold beer! Trail Magic from a super Trai Angel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obmit View Post
    Plan D is to take them to your local hardware store and have them cut them off with their chain cutting tool.
    Plan E. Buy straps from AHE or strapworks that don't have hooks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger1dd View Post
    Well, the title says it all. I have some outrageously heavy straps that ratchet, originally made for automotive uses. I have ridded myself of all extra metal on them, except for these S-hooks. To do that, I plan on cutting that part of that they are hooked to.

    This would leave straps with no eye holes- so my question is "How can I attach them to the trees"? I don't use eyes to attach to my hammock, I usually hook a carabiner through a marlin spike hitch.

    So, back to my question, how to attach to the trees- Could I tie something like a "buck-knot" at that end, and run it around, or is there some other knot?
    If you have a dremel tool get a cutting wheel and cut the hook itself. Did that and still have the loops. Also you can sew new loops with dental floss in a box then x [X] pattern. Most dental floss is made of kevlar.

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    Scissors or knife?
    Cut the strap just below where the hook is attached, melt the raw end to prevent fraying. Tie a bowline or overhand knot to form your new eye. Done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyB View Post
    I think the trick to hand sewing your own webbing eyes is to keep a solid tension on the thread after each stitch.
    I know the secret to hand stitching:

    one longish thread - needle on each end . . .

    insert needle at the start of the stitch . . .

    make the thread to be equal on each side . . .

    at the second point of insertion . . .
    thread both needles into the same hole,
    one from each side . . .

    pull tight, repeat for the entire stitching process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradley View Post
    pull tight, repeat for the entire stitching process.
    Pulling "tight" is not the way I would describe it. I would prefer the term "taut" because you don't want to crinkle or gather the fabric. (less likely with webbing than other fabrics) It may be just an OCD nit picking difference in terminology, but then proper terminology is often important to top performance. Hand sewing is as much an art as it is a science. There is a "feel" to it that can not be taught except by experience.
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    I will assume you will end up with straps with no loops. I am fairly certain you can wrap around the tree twice and then put both ends of the strap in the marlin spike hitch. Doing it this way you dont have to sew and you dont have to learn any new knots. I dont do this. I went the AHE route and bought straps with loops. Not so sure you could make this work if you only wrap the tree once. Unless you were directly over a branch I dont think you could keep it from slipping with only one wrap. Another no sew option is to take the staps to a shoe repair shop and let them sew in the loops. By no sew I meant that you are not sewing.
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