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    I'm not much more experienced than you are but the short answer is an elliptical point shape designed to push between the weave vs a point designed to cut a hole in the material. The extreme of that is probably the leather needle. Here is an interesting link:

    http://www.sewing.org/files/guidelin...dle_charts.pdf
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    Why not just whip them? No need to sew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nothermark View Post
    I'm not much more experienced than you are but the short answer is an elliptical point shape designed to push between the weave vs a point designed to cut a hole in the material. The extreme of that is probably the leather needle. Here is an interesting link:

    http://www.sewing.org/files/guidelin...dle_charts.pdf
    Thanks. That's what I suspected.

    Quote Originally Posted by DivaB View Post
    Why not just whip them? No need to sew.
    When I had a WB traveler I did no like the way the whipping felt vs the end channel hammocks.
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    Bubba,

    From a parachute repair manual it calls for a straight stitch with a 8 to 1 ratio :
    All machine stitching, except zigzag, should conform to Type 301, Federal Standard 751, and should be not less than 8 nor more than 10 stitches per inch.
    Because all machines are different take some scrap material and run a few stitches. Now take a ruler and count how many stitches are in one inch. You may need to make a few adjustments to your machine in order to get the 8 to 1 ratio. For needles use the smallest one that will let your thread flow easily through ( I use a sharps ).

    I hope that helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by WickedKlown2 View Post
    Bubba,

    From a parachute repair manual it calls for a straight stitch with a 8 to 1 ratio :

    Because all machines are different take some scrap material and run a few stitches. Now take a ruler and count how many stitches are in one inch. You may need to make a few adjustments to your machine in order to get the 8 to 1 ratio. For needles use the smallest one that will let your thread flow easily through ( I use a sharps ).

    I hope that helps
    Thanks very much! Good to know for my next one.
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    Re: DIY tablecloth hammock ripped.

    When I had a WB traveler I did no like the way the whipping felt vs the end channel hammocks.
    Sorry for hijacking this thread.

    I'm putting together a tablecloth hammock as soon as it arrives in the mail. I had originally planned on sewing end channels but have started to lean towards whipping to keep things simple. What didn't you like about the feel of whipping?

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    Quote Originally Posted by octothorpesarus View Post
    Sorry for hijacking this thread.

    I'm putting together a tablecloth hammock as soon as it arrives in the mail. I had originally planned on sewing end channels but have started to lean towards whipping to keep things simple. What didn't you like about the feel of whipping?
    Back then I found the whipping caused a bit more calf tension in the fabric. Oddly enough, it's not too bad with the one I just whipped. Maybe I'm just so much more accustomed to sleeping in hammocks now. I suppose if you take the time to make sure all the fabric is even distributed before tightening everything, it won't feel that different then an end channel.

    I say do what you feel is comfortable. If you have experience with a certain way, then go with that. If you can't decide, its easy enough to whip it the Warbonnet way and if you want to sew end channel, undo the whipping, fold down the small channel used for the whipping and sew in a couple of stich lines to make a larger end channel.
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    It's also how you whip the ends. One way was very uncomfortable, and another was the opposite. That W or something fold from justjeff's site for example created a huge ridge down the center.

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    I like the triple stitched channels rather than whipped. I have a couple of tablecloth hammocks that are doing great.

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