thanks guys! Unfortunately I'm operating on limited funds/machinery. With a table-top, no-break gamma x-2, I cannot use the hip method. No starting clamp = no 50-50 pattern
I think I'll take your wooden dowel suggestion, Irvin, because it basically replaces my finger method, which I now understand would have been a terrible idea.
I couldn't find the thread on using 's-hooks' and I'm not sure how that would work.