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    First DIY Hammock - Lessons Learned

    Completed my first DIY hammock today. I have been contemplating and strategizing about it for several weeks now. But this morning, I got up and just knew that today was the day.

    I have been agonizing over the rolled edge hems. My 'perfectionist' tendencies were telling me that I should get a rolled hem presser foot attachment and spend some time learning to use it or to just get ready to spend a lot of time measuring out and using pins to get everything just right.

    Well, this morning I got up and thought I would try my luck at making rolled hems 'by hand' by making a few stuff sacks. All went well with the stuff sacks, so I decided to move on to the hammock.

    The hammock is for my SO and is loosely patterned after my WB Traveler and the plans posted previously by Knotty, as well as info I have picked up by reading what others have done.

    It is a double layered, gathered end hammock with an opening on one side for a pad, if the SO wants it.

    I'll be ordering the components for the suspension today. Trying to decide whether I want to order already completed Whoopies, or try my hand at some.

    Pics show the rolled hems, the two layers with hems done, the layers together with the opening showing, the endchannel, a couple of pics of the hammock hanging on the patio (with paracord just to see the drape) and a pic of the hammock in the matching stuff sack.

    My SO is delighted and excited about having her own hammock and I am pretty pleased at the outcome.

    The main lesson that I learned by doing this project that I want to pass on to all those out there that are contemplating a DIY projects also is to just get started.

    I was scared to death that I would mess up the rolled edge hems and that caused me to delay this project for quite a while. After watching Ramblinrev's videos and 'practicing' on some stuff sacks, I was ready to go. Just wish now that I hadn't put it off for more than a week.

    Thanks to all of those out there that have posted the details of their DIY projects that have help me with mine!
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    Looks great. I have the same concerns about the rolled hems. I even have the presser foot saved to my Amazon wish list. Did you end up pinning?
    perrito

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    Welcome to the world of DIY Avenger. Great looking work. Enjoy the fun!
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perrito View Post
    Did you end up pinning?
    No, I just did it 'free hand'. Doing several stuff sacks for 'practice' got my confidence up enough to just try it free hand on the hammock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olddog View Post
    Welcome to the world of DIY Avenger. Great looking work. Enjoy the fun!
    Thanks, I think. I am afraid this could get expensive.

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    Nice job! And I agree 100% that the hardest part is getting started - the rest is easy
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    Looks like a hammock, hangs like a hammock. Mission accomplished. Nice work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avenger View Post
    ...The main lesson that I learned by doing this project that I want to pass on to all those out there that are contemplating a DIY projects also is to just get started.

    I was scared to death that I would mess up the rolled edge hems and that caused me to delay this project for quite a while. After watching Ramblinrev's videos and 'practicing' on some stuff sacks, I was ready to go. Just wish now that I hadn't put it off for more than a week.

    Thanks to all of those out there that have posted the details of their DIY projects that have help me with mine!
    Couldnt agree more!
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