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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkwater View Post
    I've made 7 hammocks 9 stuff sacks 5 sets of tree huggers 2 tarps and 2 quilts in the last three weeks! Does that make me a sith?
    wow sounds like you been very industrious neo

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    I use my wife's machined more than she does--and frankly, we can't afford the ridiculous prices on equipment. If it wasn't for the StuffMart $1-a-yard fabric, we wouldn't have half the equipment we do. My most recent project was a hammock and sil-nylon tarp for my wife. The only way I could get her out of my hammock was to make her one...

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    OK...you've all piqued my interest. My wife also has a machine and is VERY good with it. My question is this....how difficult is it for the mechanically challenged (me) to learn how to use one of those things?

    Miguel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_pan View Post
    First sewing experience was in the Boy Scouts....repairing gear....then sewing on all those patches.

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    Same here Ahhh, for the days of 10 lb. tents, exploding pump-and-prime stoves, and hitting on girl scouts....

    Of course back then, hanging a hammock meant figuring out a way to suspend the annoying kid's tent over a creek in the middle of the night....with him still in it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miguel View Post
    OK...you've all piqued my interest. My wife also has a machine and is VERY good with it. My question is this....how difficult is it for the mechanically challenged (me) to learn how to use one of those things?
    One of the easiest things I've learned, actually. Have her show you how to thread it and adjust the bobbin tension, and the rest is pretty easy to figure out.

    Here's the BIG thing - you WILL get frustrated a few times. To the point of throwing your machine through the window. Step away from the machine. Go to your computer and vent. Tell us exactly what's happening. (Or ask your wife since you have a live-in teacher.) Someone will be able to help you. Go back when you've calmed down.

    And don't skimp on the thread...get the good stuff - 100% polyester, about $5/spool. It's worth it.
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    Thanks for the encouragement Jeff....especially the "walking away and venting" part. I think I'll give it a whirl. I'm thinking a set of snakeskins would be a good "first project" for my very first hammock....not too complicated but very useful.

    Miguel

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    Good idea, Miguel. Start here.
    http://www.jacksrbetter.com/index_files/DIY.htm
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    I hav emade snake skins and they are pretty easy. The first sewing project I started with was a stuff sack. Doesn't get any easier than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    I hav emade snake skins and they are pretty easy. The first sewing project I started with was a stuff sack. Doesn't get any easier than that.
    It wasn't terribly easy when I made mine...I used a round bottom, though, and it seems like a lot of people stay away from that. The round bottom and small size made the lining-up and stitching fairly difficult...
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    Yep - it's cake if you make a square bottom.
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