Is there a recommended way to stitch the splice? Currently I just run a small straight stitch with my machine.
Each manufacturer has a recommended method, usually on their eye splice tutorial.
Originally Posted by SimonMc
I just hand stitch a running stitch down one side, rotate the line 90 degrees and run it back to the start point. Any stitch will work for how we use line in hammocks. Hand or machine. The stitching is not structural. It is there to prevent no load loosening of the splice. A loose stitch is fine and better than too tight, which might become structural until the stitching fails. You want the splice to take the load, not the stitching.
I use the lock stitch method like the bottom of this for just about all cases where I don't use a locked Brummell.
I really appreciate the detailed explanation. I think I will stitch those loops like you say. Seems like cheap insurance to make sure I don't hit the ground one day.
I read the instructions on the Samson rope website. Seems fairly straightforward. Thanks again nacra!
Yep thanks nacra I might try the lock stitch on the next ones.
For more info, check out this thread.
This was a good discussion back in the day. Not really a continuous loop, but a great discussion on the parts of a splice and how they interact. Some quotes from true experts like Samson and information from Brion Toss, who is a rigging guru.
I don't want to bump a really old thread, especially one I started. I think we beat the horse and its dead. I also don't want to have to keep up with it. If someone finds it interesting and current enough to share with others, it won't bother me if its gets bumped but there is a lot more info and many more tutorials available today than back then.
After your input nacra, I spent a few hours last night reading through some of the volumes of info here regarding cord, splicing, knots and beyond. It would seem I have a lot to learn if I so choose. This forum is a wonderful resource created by many talented individuals.