Stupid mistake... And help wanted

db10s

Hall of Fame
I was trimming the string from a reel for my crosses (2 piece) an I cut it way to short. Luckily it was only a cheap poly.

And now for where I need some help. I'm new to stringing, but I know where things are supposed to go. When I cut the right length of string this time (I put an extra 5 ft on just to be safe) and I was weaving the crosses (pusher style??) the string (a smooth poly) would sort of slip through my hands, I could get a few weaves and then my fingers would outrun the string. I don't know if its because I have sweaty hands (and fingers). Any suggestions other than keep practicing?

TIA
 

struggle

Legend
you got it. practice.
but the stiff polys are harder to weave, IMO.
and make sure you're stringing (weaving) one cross ahead of the one you are about to tension, this helps also.
 

Chotobaka

Hall of Fame
Are you pulling enough string through the grommet to complete the cross before starting your weave? Or, are you trying to pull the string at the same time you are weaving? The latter is an inefficient technique. Otherwise, like anything else, it is just a matter of practice.
 

jim e

Legend
Are you weving one cross string ahead?
That is where you weave another cross string before you tension the one cross string before that one. It helps weave musch easier, I also pull most of the slack with the one ahead as well as it is easier on the string as less friction.
Also it helps to pull some of the string through the grommet before you start weaving, at least thats what I do.
 

db10s

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Are you pulling enough string through the grommet to complete the cross before starting your weave? Or, are you trying to pull the string at the same time you are weaving? The latter is an inefficient technique. Otherwise, like anything else, it is just a matter of practice.
Thats probably what's going on, in addition to inexperience.
 
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Deleted member 232704

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If your going to do a 2 piece, then have a measuring stick and measure out 20ft. Cut 20ft of string from the reel precisely and save it every time you cut out 20ft. You don't really need an extra 5 ft. 20 ft is well over enough for me. You can hopefully get an extra half set or 2 if you measure out the strings shorter to about 18 ft or 19.
 

db10s

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If your going to do a 2 piece, then have a measuring stick and measure out 20ft. Cut 20ft of string from the reel precisely and save it every time you cut out 20ft. You don't really need an extra 5 ft. 20 ft is well over enough for me. You can hopefully get an extra half set or 2 if you measure out the strings shorter to about 18 ft or 19.
It was like 10:30 and it took longer than normal to do the mains because I was eating at the same time. And I didn't want the racket to sit for the night, so I was in a hurry and yeah... Those are my lame excuses.
 
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Deleted member 232704

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It was like 10:30 and it took longer than normal to do the mains because I was eating at the same time. And I didn't want the racket to sit for the night, so I was in a hurry and yeah... Those are my lame excuses.
That's cool man its all good. I've strung racquets at 2 in the morning and it wasn't pretty.
 

db10s

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That's cool man its all good. I've strung racquets at 2 in the morning and it wasn't pretty.
It took forever because I strung a couple crosses and thought "CRAP! I don't have enough string!" so I yelled some obscenities and watched football. I asked my dog to string, but she was huddled under the table hiding from fireworks... That didn't work out... Am I crazy?
 

loosegroove

Hall of Fame
Yeah, as others have said, make sure to pull enough string through to complete the cross before starting, so you're not trying to pull the string through the grommet as you weave. Also, with poly I personally find it easiest to weave through half the mains, then pull a little slack through, and finish the cross. Otherwise, my fingers start to slip off the string towards the last few weaves because of all the friction like what's happening to you. If I take a quick moment to pull some slack after weaving half way through, then I can smoothly finish.
 

Wikky

Rookie
learn to pull weave.... also 99.9% sure said i was going to put up a video on how pull weave about 5 months ago. =X
 

bugeyed

Semi-Pro
OTOH, drinking and stringing is perfectly acceptable. An IPA or two facilitates the weaving process.
I like IPA when stringing polys, but prefer a good Taddy Porter with gut.
Iced tea if doing a hybrid job. I drink a lot of iced tea.

Cheers,
kev
 
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