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    Explain gathered end types.

    I have built 4 hammocks now and just use a pleated fold on the ends.
    Probably about 2" fold then whip, but what other types of gathered ends are there and what difference does it make as far as comfort ??

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    In addition to the pleat, JustJeff used a "W" fold which puts more tension on the sides and centerline--feels great for side sleeping, but not very comfy for back sleeping or just lounging around. There are members who use a combination of the two, pleat on one end, "W" on the other.

    Then there is the sewn channel that you run some cordage through and cinch up--tie your suspension just below the cinched part and the bunched up material keeps the suspension in place. For me, this way was the most reliable for holding up the hammock, but there is a caveat--floppy sides. The cinched ends don't allow you to pull the corners like the pleated and whipped/tied. This gives your hammock floppy sides that fall in you face or allow your top insulation to fall out of your hammock.

    After trying them all, I went back to the pleat with the top corners slightly pulled out, though if I find some time I migh try the whole pleat/"W" combo thing. So much of this is subject to personal preference that the only way to know which works best for you is to try it (when the Missus gets on my case for fiddling around with the hammock all day, I just tell her I'm doing it in the name of scientific experimentation for the advancement of comfort and camping (I don't think she really buys it, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it )).
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    Then there is the sewn channel that you run some cordage through and cinch up--tie your suspension just below the cinched part and the bunched up material keeps the suspension in place. For me, this way was the most reliable for holding up the hammock, but there is a caveat--floppy sides. The cinched ends don't allow you to pull the corners like the pleated and whipped/tied. This gives your hammock floppy sides that fall in you face or allow your top insulation to fall out of your hammock.

    One way to correct for this is to sew the channel on a curve, with the outer edges being shorter than the middle. This can alleviate a lot of the flop in the sides, I have made 2 where I curve down 3 inches on each corner, tapered to the middle over 8 inches. Draws the sides up quite nicely, and if you still need a little correction you can use the bungie cord-lock mod (Knotty's post?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aardvark View Post
    One way to correct for this is to sew the channel on a curve...
    I came VERY close to giving this a try a couple of months ago, but I came to the realization that I rather enjoy pulling the ends apart and trying something new every now and again--I just couldn't bring myself to do it. The solution, of course, is for me to make another hammock (just got the latest Hancock Fabrics coupons in the mail, so maybe it was meant to be) .
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    I also like experimenting, sounds better than 'playing', with different folds. At this time my house hammock has 2" pleated corners, 3 pleats totaling 12" at each corner, the corners are brought together creating a single center fold. All is then bunched into a larkshead. Been using this one for a few nights and find it very comfortable. Was discussing other folds with propellerhead on another post and he had another fold method. It was in Knotty's sticky, gathered end hammock.
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    Just a thought.. im thinking of making my own hammock and found this thread interesting. It got me thinking though.. instead of pulling in the entire width of the hammock to the ends what whould happen if you cut a few triangles out the fabric abd stitch the long edges together to gather some of the hammock (cut about 100mm out of the head end and down to about 1/4 the legnth of the hammock. Do this say 4 times each end). This should not (I my mind) change the comfort much as the fabric is bunched up normally, but would reduce weight and fabric required. There should be enough fabric at the ends to suport a good hold.

    Has anyone tried this? Would it do the same as curving the cut at the end as in tensioning the sides? Or would it have the opposite effect and make the sides even more floppy?
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