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Sling I made and problems with twisting
May 4th, 2021 at 12:14pm
 
I made this sling out of jute with a 6 strand flat braid I I tried to keep everything flat and in line but as soon as I finished braiding it and let go it all twisted up
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Re: Sling I made and problems with twisting
Reply #1 - May 4th, 2021 at 12:29pm
 
can you warm/heat up jute and use that to make it stay flat ?

I know some fibres will work like that.
No clue if jute is one or not - or how hot you need to get it.
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Reply #2 - May 4th, 2021 at 12:33pm
 
I dont know if it can be heated up this is only th third braided sling Iíve made
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Reply #3 - May 4th, 2021 at 1:40pm
 
That looks like a 4 or 6 strand flat braid?  I tried it and I don't like it for a sling. It's hard to get even and tight. I recommend to try this method, which also uses 6 strands, but in a simple 3-strand flat braid fashion (2-2-2)
https://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1172017416/6612#6612
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Re: Sling I made and problems with twisting
Reply #4 - May 4th, 2021 at 2:33pm
 
Wetting it and hanging it up to dry with some weights on it to stretch it can help but it might be better to take J's suggestion and make a new one.
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Re: Sling I made and problems with twisting
Reply #5 - May 4th, 2021 at 2:54pm
 
Another vote for wet and hang with weight. If its still a problem I would even consider lightly boiling water with some downy wrinkle releaser mixed in and then stretch straight with weights while it dries.

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Re: Sling I made and problems with twisting
Reply #6 - May 4th, 2021 at 2:59pm
 
Yes, short of unbraiding the sling, stretching it is likely the only thing that will work. I've been making slings for over a decade and still can't get them to lay flat, so you're in good company.
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Reply #7 - May 4th, 2021 at 3:56pm
 
Thanks for all the information
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Reply #8 - May 5th, 2021 at 5:51am
 
+1 for wet & hang.

Also +1 for sticking with a 3 plait weave. If you really want to use 4, I suggest using a herringbone weave.
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