In the world of camping DIY, a sewing machine is referred to as a thread injector… the process is called fabric welding. This sounds a little less wimpy than telling people you have been sewing.
To encourage myself to buckle down and actually git’er’done on the pile of fabric and parts that had been sitting on the end of the dining room table for the better part of three weeks, the other day I started a thread on Hammock Forums called “Thread Injector Log~~ Stardate:____”.
I did the ritual 15 minutes to thread the needle/accidentally pull it out the thread/rethread the needle…, but after the first hour I had gotten some stuff done.
- L&L patch on bag
- Patched tear in sq. bag
- Fixed jellyfish bag
- Made mesh pouches bag
One rat-nest on jellyfish bag
- Really coffee-d up!
- Reworked two BlingBags
- Patched and adapted old yard chair bag to hold ALite chair
$5 kids 6′ hammock from FiveBelow°, repurposed to gear-mock.
- “knotty-mod on both sides
- 2 and 3 mesh pocket organizers… one sewn-on/ one prussic-ed on ridge
- 58″ Zing-It ridge~ tied into channels w/ 8″ to 4′ whoopies on each end
- 2- $$Tree 4′ dog leashes for straps w/ toggles
By dinner time: made a gear-mock tarp~ 64″x 56″ /rock pockets on all four corners/ it will get kam-snaps about 6″ down the sides below the suspension, and tieout tapes on all four corners [in case of really blowy weather]
Don’t stand too close and it don’t look too bad.
- 60″x 70″ Costco Down Throw converted to UQ. Trimmed 3 sq of width, which gave massive, doubled draft collars at each end/1 1/2″ grosgrain tape and ripstop for channels/ standard UGQ~HG suspension…
- Gathered end “hot-nights” sheet from Chinese terminal sleeping bag *. …Single layer, pongee cotton-poly/ trimmed off hood/ stripped zips and re-hemmed all around/ gathered, drawstring footbox
- Couple of small repairs and adaptations on other junk
I want to try the UQ out a couple of times before I commit to ripping thread between squares to make continuous down channels. May be fine like it is.
*[these are what the folks take incase of delays/layovers on the long, crowded trips back home over the Chinese winter holiday. They are basically just a 1/2 zip sleeping bag made of heavy sheeting material with a hood to stuff a coat into as a pillow. Really cheap [$7US], easy to wash or even toss, but are quite soft and comfortable… perfect for this use.]