7-7. REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE
Prior to repair each item will be inspected to determine necessary repairs Items will be repaired to a serviceable
condition consistent with the requirements of condition code "B" The following will be observed as fully as skills,
facilities, funds, and local conditions permit. The sequence of operations may be determined by the repairing
organization unless otherwise prescribed.
Inspection. Inspect items to determine repairs needed and whether such repairs can be accomplished
within the organization.
Repairs. The following minor repairs may be accomplished by hand sewing.
Replace missing or damaged buttons.
Resew rips, tears and loose seams.
Resew torn-out buttonholes and reattach loose belt loops.
Resew loose waist tie straps and neck loops.
Patching. Garments may be patched using iron-on patches
Iron-on patches. Rips and tears, at other than stress points (e g., crotch seams, pocket seams,
pocket flap seams, etc.), may be repaired by iron-on patches. Any rip or tear closer than 3/4 Inch
(1.76 cm) to any seam will be repaired by sewing
Patch size. Commercial pre-cut iron-on patches shall be selected for the desired size and shape
such that, when applied, it will extend approximately 3/4 inch (1.76 cm) in all directions beyond the
tear or other damage. Patches will have rounded corners. Pre-cut patches in several sizes may be
Patching procedure for Iron-on patches. When patching by hand-iron, place the garment area to be
patched on an ironing board. Where possible, patches shall be applied to the inside of the garment.
The garment may be turned inside out or the patch may be inserted within the garment, taking care
that the patch is centered in the desired position. Trim heavily raveled ends with scissors (fig. 7-7)