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    Quote Originally Posted by OutandBack View Post
    @kitsapcowboy, am I not allowed to post a personal opinion on the subject of my poor DIY skills just because I volunteer my time here to keep topics organized?
    If you read my post again you will clearly see I am speaking for myself and not representing the forum in any way.

    This forum was built on DIY but that does not mean all of us know or want to know how to do it.
    I didn't see it as a personal attack at all. kitsapcowboy's contributions are so valuable that I don't want to see him back down from participating in threads such as this. Not only are his DIY skills incredible, he continues to explain how to do the things he does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveysnowis View Post

    The benefit of DIY is customization control you have. Colors, fabric weights, fill.
    Having thought about it a bit more, the above comment is probably the best reason to get into making your own gear - not to save money but to get a degree of customization that is not otherwise possible. A case in point is the rope bridge hammock I recently bought made by kitsapcowboy. It has a group of features that are flat out not available on any commercially made hammock. It's well beyond my ability to make, but if you have the skill set then your gear can be anything you want to design. Grizzly Adams, jellybean, hiking dad and others I'm sure DIY not to save money nor because cottage vendors don't make good stuff, but because doing so scratches a creative itch.

    The rest of us are sometimes lucky enough to substitute money for skill and enjoy the end products.

    Comfort driven, weight conscious

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    I don't sew, but no-sew DIY summer TQ/UQs have served me well for many (many/many) years
    Summer UQ = a lightweight throw quilt (down or synthetic), 4 tarp clips and some 1/8 shock cord. Just fold the quilt corners over about 3" then attach tarp clips and shock cord for a 10 min project.
    Summer TQ = a lightweight throw quilt with KamSnap (or hand sew) foot box up to my knees.
    Yes, it is about 6 oz heavier than what high quality cottage venders offer but in the summer I can handle it.

    Winter = I agree with the above post. DIY is a nice way to know your gear but only if you have a desire to learn the skills for DIY and cost saving alone is not a good reason.
    Enjoying the simple things in life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saralynn7401 View Post
    I am a professional seamstress and quite skilled with a sewing machine...i just have never sewn with down before but im thinking ill attempt it!..maybe become a cottage seller myself? )

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    I'd say with your apparent skills you could make practically all of your own gear! Some of the threads on the forum would familiarize you with the terminology used here as well as the design concerns people have faced. UQs and TQs probably require the most putzing. I believe you'll find everything you need to know here if you invest the time in searching threads.

    Let us know when you're ready to launch the new business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidneyhornblower View Post
    .... Grizzly Adams, jellybean, hiking dad and others I'm sure ....
    I'm pretty sure you mean jellyfish!

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