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.
On a 2-piece, I prefer to start weaving under. On a 1-piece, I plan ahead so that the cross weaves over the fixed clamp that's holding the last main.
I have a drop weight stringer, and I also weave ahead and pull each cross for at least 20 seconds. I straighten out each cross before I clamp it, and that generally gets rid of the bowing and results in tighter crosses. I find that most strings hold tension better this way.