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    My first DIY Hammock

    Yeah, I know, I have to take some pictures, but Ma Nature decided to rain, so I will describe first, then take pics later.

    I made my first DIY hammock today. Longest part was putting a hem in all 4 edges. Material: 1.1 calendared nylon in coyote brown, black Gutterman Thread. That is all! Unfinished specs: 60 inches by 9 ft 3 inches. Finished weight including 2-12" Dynaglide Dogbones and a small Cuben stuff sack, was 6 1/8 ounces.
    Hemmed all four edges, gathered ends and did a Speer-style knot.
    Initial lay (used my indoor stand with my usual sleep hammock still attached) was decent.

    I decided on the Speer style, because of the thin material. I have noticed that the 1.1 nylon, if you sew it too much, will start to rip out like perforated paper.

    I hope I can get it out soon for pictures. Initial impression: I am happy with how easy it was to put together, the weight is very nice, the length seems like it should be long enough (I am rather short), only thing left is to test durability.

    Rats, now I want to make another one!

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    Congratulations! Betcha can't make just one!

    You're right about the close stitching. I set my stitching at the longest setting.
    Mike
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    Very good. No turning back now. Once you're doing DIY......it becomes never ending.

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    I am already planning the next one
    I have told a friend I will make her one. So, that is my excuse!

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    Yes, that how it all begins!
    Keep movin', keep believing and enjoy the journey!

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    "Rats, now I want to make another one!"

    I just finished #7. Good holidays for the grand kids and me (they're not all being sent off).
    It's not habit forming. I'll taper off now and go back to making hammock socks...and maybe bug nets...and stuff sacks...and bishop bags...
    Love is blind. Marriage is an eye opener.

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    Good look, I looked at doing this myself and might still.
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    Congrats CR!

    FYI, the Warbonnet style of whipping with the knob doesn't put any strain on the stitching at all. The little knob that's formed in the end of the material carries the load. So Speer knot or Warbonnet knob, same difference in terms of strain on stitching. The Warbonnet method may have a different lie and may use a little less fabric?
    Knotty
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