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    Thumbs up Hello from South Alabama !

    Totally a noob. Haven't been camping in 12 years or so and I hated it. The ground was too hard, too many bugs, rocks, roots etc. I found the forum through a membership on another. So I got to reading. And reading. And then some more reading. Then I looked at hammocks on Amazon. Then in the DIY forum. I told myself "I can do that!"

    Never sewn anything but a button on a pair of pants before, and that was a disaster with bleeding fingers & blood on the pants. That button never came off though!
    ..
    So I called Mom; "Hey Mom, can I borrow your sewing machine?"
    M; What on Earth for ??!!
    Me; I want to sew something.
    M; Now what are you making ?!?! (I always have some "project" going on.
    Me; Ummmm, a Hammock.
    M; A HAMMOCK !!
    Me; Yup.
    M; You're crazy. You will hurt you back again!
    Me; I'm almost Forty. I can do this.I swing by the Parents and pick up the Sewing Machine. It's a 30+ year old Singer. She gave me a quick run through.

    Fast forward a few days:
    I have my navy blue nylon ripstop from Hancock Fabrics. I have my 1100lb ratchet straps. I have my Paracord (I make bracelets and stuff). I got my steel 1 1/2" rings and Stainless Snap hooks.

    I sit down at the dining room table and spend the next 3 hours sewing 3 of the sides of the hammock. It looks like hell. I know this foot thing should be down but I can't figure out how. I get up, go get a cold drink and while I'm standing there looking at this mess I've created I notice the little silver lever on the back. That's when I realize how to make the foot go down. *DING*

    I roll the 3 sides I've screwed up to hide the mess. I finish the 4th side. Not half bad for someone who had never put foot to pedal and sewn I say.

    I drag it to the bedroom and lay it on the bed. I run my paracord through the channel and pull it tight (Thanks Knotty!!). I wrap the ratchet straps around the flower of ripstop I made with the paracord and tie some "fishermans knots".

    I fiddle around with the ratchet straps again to make some "Tree Huggers". Hook my snap hooks up too them. I stand back and admire what I have Made.

    A few days pass, and here I am today. Off work and boy do I have plans!!

    I'm going to hang in "MY" Hammock this morning.

    I was excited. Let it warm up a bit, the winds blowing and I have two perfectly placed trees in the back yard. Out I went....


    BAM! It's up!!


    It's soooooo comfy!!!


    I should have gotten in NOT facing the sun.

    And then it hit me.

    This thing is COMFY!!!


    A little about my hammock:
    It's 138.5" long.
    58" wide.
    And I love it!!

    Thanks to all the people that helped me unknowingly.

    Mike

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    Ha - Hello and Welcome from Canada! And congrats on your great new hammock!
    The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. - St. Augustine

    Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
    - Bob Marley

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    Home Run's Avatar
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    Hey Mike, kudos on your new ride! Nicely done, and welcome to the fun.

    Home Run

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    Welcome to the forums. Great job on the hammock, I like the color. There are lots of great patterns and ideas in the DIY section. Enough to keep you busy through the Winter.
    Everyone ought to believe in something....I believe I'll go set up the hammock!

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    Senior Member Ewker's Avatar
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    Howdy and welcome from Tennessee
    There are times that the only way you can do something is alone that waiting on the convenience of others means that a lot of opportunities will pass you by
    Spirit Walker

    Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool. ― Mark Twain

    Who cares about showers, gourmet food, using flush toilets. Just keep on walking and being away from it all.

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    Moderator raiffnuke's Avatar
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    Nicely done. Welcome to HF from Mass.

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    Thanks Guys !!

    I've been all over the DIY forum. Sent Mom a text with me "hanging out". She said she was proud of me for learning how to sew. Then she asked if she could have her sewing machine back... I told her not just yet ;-)

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    Great looking hammock and a great story! Welcome to the forums!

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    Senior Member aschurr's Avatar
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    Welcome to forum..I have the same crocs

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    Senior Member avalonmorn's Avatar
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    I loved the part about the little silver thing!
    great work on your first project.....yes, there will be many many more!


    Crazy Hammock Lady

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