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    Hand Stitching Techniques

    I found this cool site that has some basic hand stitching techniques in a video tutorial format. I thought they would be good to know for field repairs of gear.

    You can find an index of stitches here. A lot of the video are geared toward embroidery, but there are some other useful videos also.

    Back Stitch - This stitch is supposed to be the strongest of the hand stitches and would probably be the most common stitch used in gear repair.

    Running Stitch - Another useful basic stitch. You should add a back stitch after evry few running stitches to help lock the stich

    Button Hole Stitch - Stitch for making button holes.

    Herringbone Stitch
    - Basically a zig zag stitch for hand stitching. There is also the Double Herringbone that creates a "XXXXXX" pattern.

    Here's another site that talks about hand stitching that you may want to check out.

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    nice links..thanks

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    good instructions. and besides the basic stiching... now i'm thinking about CUSTOMIZING my hammock... OH NO
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    good instructions. and besides the basic stiching... now i'm thinking about CUSTOMIZING my hammock... OH NO
    You gonna embroider your name down the side?

    When I saw those pics of your ripped tarp from the gallery and it got me thinking about repairing gear while camping. I carry a spool of Kevlar thread and a needle with me when I hike but I wanted to know the strongest hand stitch and that's how I stumbled on the site.

    I also picked up some Vetran material from a car air bag. Vectran is the stuff Ursacks are made of. I was going to use it to make a food bag and I tried doing some hand stitching with Kevalr thread but I gave up because it was to time consuming. I ended up making one from ballistics grade Kevalr and triple stitched the edges with my sewing machine. Came out pretty nice.

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    naw... i wont embroider my name, but some of that fancy stitchin along the hem sure would impress the women... huh?

    that's pretty interesting about the food bag. i use an ursa sack.
    are you going post some pictures? that's a good way for a hammocker to store food ya know<g>.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Homemade food bag posts moved to its own thread.
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=639
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