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    Quilt hook placement

    I just got 4 metal quilt hooks from Dutch. (Thanks for the fast shipment. They are awesome.) I am looking to hand sew them on and wondered about exactly where they go. I read on another post that Dutch recommends the left shoulder and right foot hooks go on the seam, about 2 to 3 inches from the quilt and that the right shoulder and left foot go about 6 or 7 inches farther up. My question is about the farther away ones. Is the reason they are farther to get them closer to a seam? Those sides are naturally farther away from any good sewing spot on my WBBB.

    It is a little hard to explain the question I guess. The left shoulder is naturally very close to the hem where the zipper runs and it seems like it will be easy to sew the hook right below the zipper, about 2 inches up (Much like the hook placement in Dutch's how-to video). The right foot will also be pretty easy, since the seam of the footbox is very near where my quilt is attached. (I have a Jarbridge river UQ and am using Triangle thingies) The left foot, however, sits 8 or 10 inches below the bug net seam. that leaves me two choices. Sew into the hammock body, which I would rather not do, or hang the hook quite a ways over the natural lay of the suspension line. Is that why you move the hook closer to the foot? To get it a little closer to the seam? Any Dutch quilt hook users feel like chiming in? My sewing skills are not very good, and I don't want to do this twice if I can help it. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weaver2469 View Post
    I just got 4 metal quilt hooks from Dutch. (Thanks for the fast shipment. They are awesome.) I am looking to hand sew them on and wondered about exactly where they go. I read on another post that Dutch recommends the left shoulder and right foot hooks go on the seam, about 2 to 3 inches from the quilt and that the right shoulder and left foot go about 6 or 7 inches farther up. My question is about the farther away ones. Is the reason they are farther to get them closer to a seam? Those sides are naturally farther away from any good sewing spot on my WBBB.

    It is a little hard to explain the question I guess. The left shoulder is naturally very close to the hem where the zipper runs and it seems like it will be easy to sew the hook right below the zipper, about 2 inches up (Much like the hook placement in Dutch's how-to video). The right foot will also be pretty easy, since the seam of the footbox is very near where my quilt is attached. (I have a Jarbridge river UQ and am using Triangle thingies) The left foot, however, sits 8 or 10 inches below the bug net seam. that leaves me two choices. Sew into the hammock body, which I would rather not do, or hang the hook quite a ways over the natural lay of the suspension line. Is that why you move the hook closer to the foot? To get it a little closer to the seam? Any Dutch quilt hook users feel like chiming in? My sewing skills are not very good, and I don't want to do this twice if I can help it. Thanks.
    Only sew teh hooks on a seam. You have a WBBB so close to teh zipper as long as it doesn't obstruct the zipper. When I say 7 inches away I mean furher down the hem/zipper from your quilt. Then your shock cord will allow your quilt to move more to the other side. That 7 inch mark can change such as a wider hammock requires a little more distance or vice versa. On the BB you should be good with 7 inches. Just 3 or 4 stitches should be good.
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    Thanks for the personal response Dutch. I understand that you mean 6 or 7 inches farther away from the quilt. The issue is that my zipper seam on the left foot side is a good 10 to 12 inches above the natural quilt suspension line. In order to hook my shock cord to a hook near the zipper, I would have to hoist my quilt up really high and it would make the hang pretty strange. My underquilt is 3/4 length and I hang it a little asym, a la one of Shug's underquilt videos. I don't know if I am describing it very well, but I am having a hard time figuring out how to stretch that line up so high.

    After I wrote my initial note, I went ahead and sewed the left shoulder and right foot hooks on. They were easy to put on and seem to hold the shock cord perfectly. I'm not sure I even need the other two. I will play around with it in the next few days. Thanks!

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