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BonzSF
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05/17/2022 08:41PM  
Hi All,
I have a 12' Hennessey Hex tarp for my hammock that I want to add doors on one end.
Figure for closing off one end to stop wind when needed but also for a seating area at one end. Put the doors up in a "Porch Mode" type set up. Then I can sit under that in a light rail and not have to deal with my hammock in the way.
Has anybody tried this?
BTW sewing 1.1 Oz Silpoly is a ... pain. Do you go with short or long stiches? Still got to pull it through
Thanks
 
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Loony_canoe
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06/08/2022 10:50AM  
I have not made tarp doors, I always bring a "winter" tarp that has the doors built in. But I have seen many for sale or as examples, so it should not be hard to duplicate.
As far as sewing. The tarps I have made are of both sil-poly or sil-nylon, from 0.9 to 1.1. Yes it is difficult, like sewing plastic silk or garbage bags. I have some suggestion that have worked for me. One, I seal the ridge line edge by melting using a hot knife. prior to sewing, this is how I keep the ridgeline in place. I also discovered a very good product, basting tape from sail-rite, that I have started using in difficult places. I also use sewing machine attachments that pre-fold the fabric as it is fed in the needle. I use longer stitching for my sil-nylon, using Mara brand thread. Use a sharp needle, its amazing the damage a dull needle can do.
Good luck
 
06/08/2022 04:40PM  
Loony_canoe: "…. I also discovered a very good product, basting tape from sail-rite, that I have started using in difficult places. …."

Sail-rite basting tape sticks to silnylon?? I didn’t think anything did.

I can’t help with hammock tarp design, but yes, silnylon is the worst fabric I have worked with. It’s always slipping off the table. I pin it like crazy when doing a seam. I hate the little holes, but hate the irregular seams more. Good luck.
 
BonzSF
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06/12/2022 11:42PM  
Got em sewn on. it wasn't super neat but looks pretty good. Now I just have to practice to see how they work. Yes a longer stitch worked better. The short stich was problematic if you didn't pull the fabric perfectly through the machine. I used PTFE thread, about a 92 size. And some #0 brass grommets at the corners and one edge for door ties,
 
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