Join Date: May 2012
Hammock: WBBB 1.1 DL
Tarp: WBBB MJ
Suspension: Whoopie/Dutch Buck
If I were to want to get in to sewing hammocks/tarps/webbing etc. what make/model/type of machine should I be looking into?
Is bar-tacking webbing possible with a home machine without getting a commercial grade model?
What are you guys using?
Last edited by MascisMan; 05-22-2012 at 15:34..
Welcome to HF.
There are lots of choices for sewing machines/thread injectors. Everyone has their preference, but as long as the machine will sew a straight stitch that's all you really need. Zigzag isn't necessary. Bar tacks, especially on light weight fabric, can weaken the fabric. Simply sewing forward/reverse a couple of times is plenty of a bar tack for hammock gear.
Webbing can be sewn on most home machines. Use a heavier needle for better results, and avoid sewing across a melted end of webbing. Melting prevents fraying, but makes the webbing hard. I've broken a needle or two that way. "W" stitching is strongest for webbing. http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/a...5&d=1337352076
I have a 1950ish Singer 201 that is an awesome machine. It only sews forward and reverse, but perfectly in both directions. My other machine is an older Bernina 930 which is also a real workhorse.
The more metal a machine has, the better it will be. Most newer machines have plastic gears and won't last long or do heavier work. Check out Grandma's house, Craigslist, yard sales, and thrift stores for older inexpensive machines. Make sure you plug it in and listen to it run. A good machine will be quiet and run smooth. Like any piece of equipment, you'll need to keep it serviced for best results. Rambilrev has a good intro series about gear-making you should read over in the DIY forum.
Good luck. Hope this helps.
Oh, and if you noticed, they call them "thead injectors" here on the DIY forums... dunno why, but its funny!
Check my "guidelines" thread in my sig. Others have found it helpful. Brand is immaterial for gear making IMO. What you want a is a good reliable machine.
I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.
"Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
Mrs. Loftus to Huck Finn
We Don't Sew... We Make Gear! video series
Important thread injector guidelines especially for Newbies
Bobbin Tension - A Personal Viewpoint