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    Question Vancouver,Canada - Hammock Builders

    I've been trying to get some 1.9oz silnylon to build myself a hammock.

    Does anyone have any other sources for nylon type fabrics around the Vancouver area? (I already tried a search on the forum here, no luck)

    I was gonna order it from seattlefabrics.com but once I included the price of shipping and US/CAD exchange rate... Yikes.

    These are the stores I've tried here in Vancouver:
    Clothworks of Vancouver - Only had 'coated nylon' and didn't know what silicon nylon or PU nylon was.

    Textile Clearance House (Fraser and 41st) - No nylon at all.

    Walmart - tried a few but had no fabric departments.

    Fabricland - Confirmed 2 stores have ripstop via phone. Neither could tell me a firm price (around $10-$14). Didn't know if it was waterproof or not or what the weight was.

    Outdoor Innovations (3293 Main Street) - Great store! $10/Meter for non-waterproof ripstop, $20/M for waterproof. They have an amazing selection of outdoor type fabrics. Very friendly staff.
    Last edited by Jakenull; 03-26-2009 at 21:59. Reason: Update

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    Welcome to the forum. I don't think you want to make your hammock out of silnylon. Regular ripstop will work as well as a lot of other fabrics. Save the sil for your tarp and stuff sacks.

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    second on the regular fabric. I have used polyester with excellent results. Waterproof hammock bodies have a place particularly in winter weather but for a damp, humid climate I would want a hammock body to breathe.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Mrprez - thanks for the correction.

    Ramblinrev - Makes sense, i'll give the polyester a go if i cant find ripstop. When i looked at it yesterday (polyester) it was really thin and stretchy. Id likely need to double up on it or find a different place that sells heavier fabric.

    Thanks guys.

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    polyester stretches less than nylon from my understanding. It is used quite often by commercial manufactures.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Really!? Oh geez.

    I wonder if it was mislabeled or just really thin? Im not too sure, but i did stretch it with my hands.
    I've never bought fabric before and felt like an weirdo in a sewing store with 100s of old ladies looking at me funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakenull View Post
    I've never bought fabric before and felt like an weirdo in a sewing store with 100s of old ladies looking at me funny.
    You'll get used to it.
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    Polyester Taffeta is what is most commonly used by the manufacturers who use polyester fabric. Taffeta is a weave pattern which provides strength and body to the fabric. It is good stuff to use. Any fabric store which caters to clothing would know what polyester taffeta is.

    I would encourage the use of a double layer for the purposes of using pads for bottom insulation unless you know for sure you are going to be using quilts.

    If you are not a DIY person yet, you might want to review the "We Don't Sew... We Make Gear" video series which will familiarize you with some terms and concepts so you can hold your own against the old ladies in the store.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    For future reference.
    Fabricland carries ripstop. The location i called didn't know the weight (eg 1.9oz). Forgot to ask if they carried Taffeta, but will edit this post later once i find out after going there.

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