Originally Posted by JetFlyr
I've been meaning to ask this for awhile, and when I saw Jim post something about it in another thread, I saw my opportunity.
I also string my crosses this way. It seems easier to weave and I like the straight shot into the grommet.
What do most of you do, and why do you do it that way?
Also, what's the best way to get rid of the "bowing" of the crosses? Some people call it the "smiley face." I weave one ahead, pull crosses for at least 20 seconds, but I still get some of the bowing on the crosses. Recently, I've started using the prestretch feature of my Wise at 20% and this seems to have helped some, but I'm worried about taking some of the resilience out of the string.
I never use the machines prestretch as the cross string should have friction with the mains, and how do you know that with all that friction that the tension will go back to exact reference tension when the tension relaxes back to the reference?
If you push the cross string to be tensioned towards the last tensioned cross before you pull it ,it will pull straighter.