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    Well I finally sat down last night and grabbed the fabric I have had for over a month now, some green 1.9 ripstop and heat sealed all the edges with a candle, lol. I then tried to sew all the sides with a small roll hem and made the channels for the whipping ends. Overall was not that bad but I definatley realized my sewing sucks. I couldn't sew a straight line if it killed me. This was my first attempt at really sewing anything, it really wasn't that bad. Learned quite a bit from this experience. Like make sure the bottom bobbin still has thread on it(sewed the whole end before i realized i actually did nothing, lmao)
    Ran into a couple snags with the thread getting jammed but quickly overcame them. Now I just have to wait for the end of the month so I can buy the string to whip the ends and, purchase some tree straps and whoopie slings. I don't think it will get here fast enough, I am so ready to try this thing out to see if it will even hold my butt off the ground. I will post some pictures later on.

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    Uh Oh.....sounds like you have been bitten by the DIY Bug! There is no cure, now you have to suffer with the rest of us!

    Congrats on the Hammock, I am looking forward to seeing the pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marius357 View Post
    Learned quite a bit from this experience. Like make sure the bottom bobbin still has thread on it(sewed the whole end before i realized i actually did nothing, lmao)
    You are in good company. I have seen my professional seamstress wife do the same thing. I have lost count of how many times I have done it. It's all part of the process. That won't ever change until they make bobbin spools the same size as the upper spools. Not even sure I want to think about what that would mean.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Marius357 View Post
    Learned quite a bit from this experience. Like make sure the bottom bobbin still has thread on it(sewed the whole end before i realized i actually did nothing, lmao)
    Ran into a couple snags with the thread getting jammed but quickly overcame them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    You are in good company. I have seen my professional seamstress wife do the same thing. I have lost count of how many times I have done it. It's all part of the process. That won't ever change until they make bobbin spools the same size as the upper spools. Not even sure I want to think about what that would mean.
    I hear you! I did this at least twice during my pack building this past week.

    Ramblinrev, do you know if there is a specific reason that the bobbin spools aren't the same size? Why not just build one that accepts standard-sized spools without having to wind them? Is there an engineering reason, or is it "just the way things are done"?

    Sorry for the thread hijack...

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    Congrats on the DIY conversion, please show off the work when you are done with it.
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    welcome to the wonderful world of hangin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marius357 View Post
    Overall was not that bad but I definatley realized my sewing sucks. I couldn't sew a straight line if it killed me. This was my first attempt at really sewing anything.
    Give it time and yourself some credit. My thread injecting isn't good either, but it gets better with each attempt. Try simple DIY projects like stuff sacks, triangle thingies, ridgeline organizers etc..

    Hey.. At least your trying. Good luck.

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