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    Crinkle taffeta v. polyester

    So looking at tablecloth shortcut to DIY and see poly and crinkle taffeta. Any opinions thrown at me here would be appreciated. I don't want stretch, or at least limit it, and it's got to be abuse resistant.

    I am 240# and will might get two to double it up and place some insulation between them for this version.

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    i have a crinkle taffeta tablecloth, i have to say it does stretch alot due to the crinkle nature but it is 100% polyester so it's nice and strong. somewhere on here i read that they can support 300# my weight is 205 and while it did stretch quite a bit i did not once feel like i was in danger of it failing on me. 2 layers will give you more then enough strengh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omgak View Post
    i have a crinkle taffeta tablecloth, i have to say it does stretch alot due to the crinkle nature but it is 100% polyester so it's nice and strong. somewhere on here i read that they can support 300# my weight is 205 and while it did stretch quite a bit i did not once feel like i was in danger of it failing on me. 2 layers will give you more then enough strengh.
    What size crinkle tafetta tablecloth did you get? I used 2 gathered end crinkle taffetta hammocks 60"x120" and 60"x132" and noticed very little if any stretch. I have also built 2 bridge hammocks from that same fabric and can say that if there is any stretch in fabric it is hardly noticeable. As for weight capacity of a single layer, I believe PapaSmurf has a photo floating around with 500 pounds or so in a single layer hammock with no signs of stress on the fabric. As with most weight ratings, there is a built in safety factor.

    So for the OP, a single layers is more than enough to hold you up at your listed weight.

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    Mine is 90x156

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    I did not notice any stretch in my 60x126. I weigh 155 Idk if that plays into it or not.

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    My wife and I have a 90" x 156" crinkle and it is absolutely awesome. It is our goto yard hammock. Together we are around the 300lb mark and I haven't noticed and stretch.
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    Some people are apparently very sensitive to stretch, but I think my stretch-o-meter is broken, or I was born without one. I haven't noticed any stretch in my tablecloth hammocks.

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    I think you may be confusing 2 different things. Poly(ester) is the material. Taffeta and crinkle taffeta are both weaves, so you could theoretically have nylon crinkle taffeta, nylon taffeta (or ripstop or satin or packcloth or any number of weaves). The same with polyester.

    Regarding stretch, there's a number of factors. The material/fiber is probably the one we're all most familiar with, but the weave also plays a (smaller) part. RamblinRev can probably tell us for sure, but I imagine it's something like packcloth on the non-stretchy end, and something like knit jersey on the stretchy end. These are with the same fiber and just changing the weave.

    The third factor is weight (of the user and the fabric). It's pretty intuitive, but the heavier the person in relation to the fabric, the more stretch. Conversely, the heavier the fabric in relation to the person, the less stretch.


    That being said, I have a polyester crinkle taffeta hammock (AHE Picnic Hammock) in my room, has next to no suspension, and a rigid attachment, so any stretch is fairly obvious, and I would say there is next to no stretch. I've tried a 1.9 ripstop nylon hammock in that space, and it's only got a small bit more stretch. I'm 200 lbs, btw.


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    Has anyone made a hammock out of the regular polyester tablecloth instead of the crinkle taffeta tablecloth? And if so how does it compare/feel?

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    It's Never Been Done Before!

    Quote Originally Posted by jbryan View Post
    Has anyone made a hammock out of the regular polyester tablecloth instead of the crinkle taffeta tablecloth? And if so how does it compare/feel?
    Are you kidding me? These guys have made hammocks out of everything. Im talking, nylon, polyester, tablecloths, curtains, cuben fiber, sails, etc. I am sure there are quite a few out there on the fringe using, carpet, sheet plastic, cheesecloth, and duct tape....

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