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    Buy premium thread. I used Coats and Clark for a while and cursed at the machine constantly... now I use Gutterman's and my potty mouth has cleaned up a lot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSawyer View Post
    ... now I use Gutterman's and my potty mouth has cleaned up a lot!



    I hear ya!!!
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    If that doesn't drive you to drinking i don't know what will...All Hail DIY
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    +1 for gutterman
    What Machine do you have??? I stole my moms machine and its a Singer for the 60's or 70's and have never had a prob with the Gutterman thread or the Singer needles. Get the official stuff not the cheap stuff it pays in the long run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZMad2000 View Post
    +1 for gutterman
    What Machine do you have??? I stole my moms machine and its a Singer for the 60's or 70's and have never had a prob with the Gutterman thread or the Singer needles. Get the official stuff not the cheap stuff it pays in the long run.
    Schmetz needles are, IMO, better quality than Singer but they are both fine products. Schmetz seem to stay sharp longer for me. I agree that needles made by the MooseJaw Gelatin and Siding Company are not likely to be of high quality.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by id3nt1ty View Post
    I'm also intrigued to find out if I like sleeping in hammocks!
    I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that you will like it more than learning how to sew.
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    I'd go with heavy jersey needles over Denim needles for webbing , they will do less harm to the webbing and more or less slide through instead of cut through.

    +1 on Schmetz needles and GŁterman or Alterfil thread

    just keep going and happy sewing and hanging to you

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    Quote Originally Posted by utilisateur View Post
    I'd go with heavy jersey needles over Denim needles for webbing , they will do less harm to the webbing and more or less slide through instead of cut through.

    +1 on Schmetz needles and GŁterman or Alterfil thread

    just keep going and happy sewing and hanging to you
    Be aware that jersey is a knit fabric and best uses a different type of needle. Knit fabrics use a ballpoint needle so the yarn fibers are not split. (Same idea as blunting the point of a nail to keep the wood from splitting.) Denim needles are sharp points and designed for woven fabrics. I've heard of people using ballpoint needles on webbing and if it works for you I guess who am I to say don't do it. But a new "sharp" point needle should put less wear and tear on the needle and the machine.

    The "universal" point needles are probably the worst of both world being a hybrid of "sharp" and "ballpoint". Under no circumstances use a "leather" needle as those have cutting edges on the shank of the needle and will cut the fibers. That will damage the webbing. "Leather" needles are made for leather and heavy duty non-wovens. Not for woven materials.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    Well I finally got around to finishing my first hammock! I was following the DIY Hennessy instructions when I ran into my first issue: broken thread injector needles. Seeing as it was such a beautiful day I decided I wanted to go write my dissertation outside. So I took a few minutes to quickly whipped the ends and attached my webbing suspension using a sheet-bend. Images are attached below

    From this I learned two things:
    1. You don't get much work done in a hammock;
    2. My hammock will need to be longer for me to sleep comfortably in. Thankfully I have enough ripstop for a second hammock, and I think I'm going to un-whip this one and finish it to the Hennessy instructions.
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