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    Is a roll hem needed?

    i will be making a double bottom hammock out of 1.5 oz ripstop. Could i lay my panels down "face to face" sew around 3 edges then pull it right side out and then roll hem the one end. i am trying to avoid having to sew 6 layers of cloth at the same time. As i have never touched a sewing machine before this sounds rather challenging. Any input would be a great help!

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    it would indeed work just fine, might I suggest a top stich around the edges after you turn in back out, it would add a real nice finishing touch, great idea you had, simple and effective

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    Leave a spot open to insert a pad if want to use a pad in the future.
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    Thanks for you responses. My wife was concerned that might leave the edge inside open to fraying. Do you guys think that would be an issue?

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    I would first put a rolled hem down one long edge of each piece, and then put them together (inside out) and sew around the other three edges. Then turn it rightside out and top-stitch the open long edge...no need to topstitch the short edges b/c they'll be in the whipping anyway.

    Sewing one entire long edge makes it a little more difficult to adjust your pad between the layers. My second two-layer hammock had an opening at each corner...much easier to fix the pad that way. See the diagram here:
    http://www.imrisk.com/zhammock/zhammock.htm
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    The whole idea of the double bottom is because I'm 260 and I though that a double layer might support me better. Would it just be easier to go with a single layer of 1.7 or 1.9?

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    It would really depend on the material itself...there are different "strengths" of material (tenacity) with different levels of stretch. And it would depend on your personal comfort...some folks are ok with a little stretch, and others like as little as possible.

    Personally, I like the material to have very little stretch...seems to allow a flatter lay and is more comfortable to me.

    Given that, I think 260 would be safe in a 1.7 or 1.9, but you might get some stretch that affects your comfort. You might try a 1.7+1.1 double layer.

    Remember that any raw edge is vulnerable to fraying, even if it's "inside" the hammock. If you top-stitch after you turn it right-side out, you'll be hiding the raw edge inside the seam. If you don't top-stitch, that edge will be "exposed" on the inside of the hammock...probably ok for a while, but may eventually fray so much it needs a repair.
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