stretch depends upon the weave, and how it is loaded. Most all fabric will stretch more on the bias (diagonal). Polyester thread and rope have less than nylon but again the amount of stretch depends upon the weave, load and native strength of the material/line. I recentlyreceived some 5.5 oz Dacron polyester sailcloth and was very surprised at the stretch on the bias when unloaded end to end.
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From: sawyer7271 <sawyer7271@...
Sent: Wed, January 13, 2010 10:04:43 AM
Subject: [Hammock Camping] Re: Anybody made their own?
--- In hammockcamping@ yahoogroups. com, "michalbuchanan" <michalbuchanan@ ...> wrote:
> Looking to sew up a hammock either this weekend or next. After browsing through a few online how-to's, I think I am going to look out for rip-stop nylon when I go fabric shopping. Wondering if anybody has any experience making hammocks out of a variety of fabrics.
I've made several. Nylon ripstop works well, is lightweight, and stretches just a bit (making it more comfortable) . If you're under 170 pounds (if I remember right) 1.1oz/yd material should be ok. You can make a double layered hammock, or use heavier material if weight is an issue.
Polyester fabric won't stretch, and, by weight, is stronger than nylon.
Take a look at Just Jeff's and Risk's sites for instructions:
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