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    Unofficial Trail Dozer halfastronomical's Avatar
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    Stitching on Tree Straps

    OK, I have heard mixed reviews on how to sew these, but I was wondering if 4 Bar tacks will be fine for tree straps? Too much? too little? I am a noob behind the machine, but I am getting some skills by practicing.

    I am planning on making LOTS of these for hammock making / hammock camping class this year, and if somebody falls and breaks their coccyx, it might give the wrong impression. I want to get it right and give the kiddies a fine first impression.

    Thanks for the help. NONE of this would be possible without HF genius.
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    4 seems more than enough for me. I have some Dutch straps with only 3 (very close together). If you want to be safe, I believe Paul at Arrowhead Equipment has close up shots of his and it'll give you an idea of what he uses.
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    AHE shows 8. I split the difference and use 6 when I use bar tacks. I imagine it's well on the safe side.

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    I stitched mine by hand and looks like my dog could have done a better job LOL! I am sure yours will be good to go. Looks good anyway
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    I always just sew a row of four boxes and cross them out. I always try to error on the side of too much. I think these bar tacks would hold up well.

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    I have straps sewn with 4 bar tacks and they look fine. No signs of coming apart.
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    I have been using the train of thought that each bar tack is rated to 200#'s, my suspension is rated to 1000# so I sew 5 rows evenly spaced (about a 1/2"). Hasn't failed yet!
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    Unofficial Trail Dozer halfastronomical's Avatar
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    Awesome! Thanks everybody. I may go with 5 just to be safe.
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    With Mule tape and Bull tape, it seems to work out better to have about a 2 inch close zigzag stitch the length of the overlap. I go back and forth about 5 times with a 5mm width and a 2 mm length of the stitch. When I try to make bar stitches on these, it just gets tangled up on my sewing machine. Lengthwise and only going forward, it seems to work out best.
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    We have hundreds of straps out there with 4 bar tacks that I sewed myself and have never had one fail.
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