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    My first sewing project...1.1 dble with bugnet, almost finished...

    Well, it's been an exciting couple of weeks. I've only had a few hours about every other day or two, so the slow progress.

    Questions in red, if anyone cares to contribute wisdom/experience to my project

    Starting out..
    First, I cut the fabric and sewed 14 meters of rolled hem (sides) before rolling the ends. That kind of continued practice makes you better in a hurry. I had the patience to use pins for about the first 50 cm

    Whipping...
    I went with a standard "Knotty" whipping, and the sides of this very wide hammock were floppy, but I thought they'd tighten up one the ridge line, tie-outs and netting were up.

    This baby is wide, only smallish roll hems on the sides of 60 inch fabric. A super-comfortable, super-straight lie, but floppy sides. I might try a Just Jeff whip before considering my whip "permanent".

    Netting...
    in one superhuman session, I sewed the entire zipper (one super-long one) onto the hammock side. Per Scott's advice, I went with one continuous zipper that starts and ends in the back (#3 coil) with three sliders. Next project, I might make that two separate zippers, both with 3 sliders. That was a sweat I didn't think I could do as a total novice, but I just went slow and, to my surprise, managed.

    She won't win any beauty contests, but should be functional.

    Today was an unseasonably warm day and I had some free time to get out there and start the bug net. First, I made up the netting "trapezoid" measurements that were posted back in 2007 by Headchange4U...but when I went to transfer those onto the netting I had, to my horror the measurements would not fit in the intended orientation on the fabric I had . There was enough netting, just not wide enough to start out with the large rectangle that the original HC directions had intended.

    As always, when in doubt, I had to go "old school" . With the rig still set up outside with the tie-outs, I laid the netting over the ridge line ("standard" 83%) and proceeded to pin the netting to the other half of the zipper.

    I used almost 100 pins to do it, but finally got it done. I was not sure how tight to make the netting as I went along (more on this later).

    Test-lie in the thorny lair of death...
    I knew it wouldn't be pleasant, but I had to try out the lay with the netting in place. I carefully unzipped one side, skirting about 20 needles and gingerly got inside this Iron Maiden .

    I had released the side tie-outs before I got in (long story, I had to in order to get in). The bug netting was slightly droopier on the sides than I had hoped, but perhaps the tie-outs would help that.

    Direction of lie...
    In my incredibly short history of hammock camping, I've noticed in myself a strong comfort preference of laying feet left/head right, when on my back. This is opposite of most tie-outs I've seen and I had even considered reversing the tie outs, but too late now, as I've pinned (but not sewn) the netting on...and I'm not doing that again.
    Has anyone used "reverse" tie-out orientation?

    Next step...
    Tonight when I get home, I am either going to:
    - sew the netting on as is...or
    - re-hang and take the netting in a bit in the floppy parts.

    However, I could sew it on w/o grossgrain, do a test hang and then sew another fold in the netting to take up slack if I feel it's still too loose. I could essentially use the grossgrain as a "cap" at the end when I'm satisfied with the taughtness.
    Has anyone tried this method?


    Some pictures attached. I was too busy/happy to take pictures of the netting in progress today. I had my phone to take pictures, but almost killed myself when I got a call getting into the hammock and suffered multiple impalements on the needles while juggling the phone . After that, I put the phone in the house....

    Overall, up to now....
    My wife is really amazed. I keep telling her I don't know anything about sewing, I only know how to "put stuff together". This time, I'm using thread instead of screw, nails or tenons.

    I'm ecstatic is heck with the results so far, especially for a total sewing novice like me . Many thanks to this forum for the wisdom...
    - It's a very comfortable hammock
    - The camo rocks
    - I'll have bug protection that zips down into a peak bag (not removable)
    - I'll have double layer 1.1 oz for xtra bug protection (needed here in Japan) and maybe to allow pad use (though we have UQs on the way).

    Next...
    - Finish bug netting
    - Make peak bag for netting
    - Sew in permanent tie-outs
    - Sew two hammock layers together; upper 50% on left, lower 50% on right
    - install 1 -3 velcro attachment points between layers on upper right and lower left for closable pad insertion

    Hope to have this baby out this weekend near Mt. Fui...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoveryDiver View Post
    My wife is really amazed. I keep telling her I don't know anything about sewing, I only know how to "put stuff together". This time, I'm using thread instead of screw, nails or tenons. :
    I think we are all kindred souls and the stories we share are similar to the point of syncronicity. Nice details. I think you just figured out the tao of hammocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grok View Post
    I think we are all kindred souls and the stories we share are similar to the point of synchronicity. Nice details. I think you just figured out the Tao of hammocks.
    .......... Thanks!

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    ...more photos with the bugnet on for another fit check...

    This hammock is so wide, it's really made for a big person. The next one I build will definitely have wider hems on the sides to make it thinner.

    I think I might sew it as is and play with the ridge line since that is a bit loose at the moment and will tighten things up a bit.
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    Excellent hammock project!
    I'm about to embark on my own 1st DIY hammock and all the details you posted are really helping me ... THANKS!
    Mike
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    Nicely done sir!

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    That is some quality sewing you have there my friend, well done. Syb = jealous!
    Syb
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    Thanks everyone...I'm taking the day off from work today and will likely finish up the hammock and post more pictures.

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    Update..

    Well, I'm basically done. Left to do:

    - Maybe, sew in a few strips of velcro for the two sections I left open for possible pad insertion.

    I slept in it last night. Very comfortable ride. I ended up waking at 3 pm when it started to sprinkle rain (no tarp in my front yard).

    I'm pretty jazzed...I'll be going camping with the boys this weekend for more use (if no rain) but I might get started on second hammock for my wife.

    I think this one took me about 4 days of so on concentrated work. I'd like to finish one more before March 15th, which should not be a problem. I've got enough fabric for 4 dbl layer rigs, but I don't know if I'll make the last two now since I got HHs for the boys (now getting a #4 mod). I wasn't confident that I could build 4 hammocks by our March 15th departure...good thing I got the two HHs for insurance...they really took the pressure off me.

    Some pictures...
    Finished unit with Yuko inside
    My simple design for side tie-out
    Rig with net zipped down to foot end
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    Hammock looks great!

    Sorry for the late response but you can definitely build your hammock for laying head right/feet left. That's my preferred position.

    I see you have material at each end going over the ridgeline, sort of a HH/Blackbird hybrid. Did that resolve the floppy sides?

    WV has a great way of dealing with floppy sides that gets around the problem of excess strain on sides when sitting on the edge or getting in and out. He sews a channel on a section the side and puts a piece of bungee inside. The bungee takes up the slack but stretches when you sit on the edge.
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