8-7. REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE-Continued
Sewing Instructions. Items having frayed edges will be overedge stitched, using stitch type 501, 503,
or 505. All sewing except emergency repair will be machine sewing. Match all stitches and seams
to those used in the original construction. Maintain proper thread tension so that thread locks will be
imbedded in the center of material to prevent loose stitches. Restitch seams with loose or broken
thread by stitching back of the break not less than 1/2 inch (1.27 cm). Backstitch thread ends 1/4
inch (0.635 cm), except when ends are turned under in a hem or held down by other stitching.
Re-seam. Stitching on replacement sections and restitching of seams will be the same as an original
construction. When stitch type 401 is used, place the looped thread on the underside. Backstitch all
stitching no less than 1 inch (2.54 cm) at each break or end to prevent raveling. Maintain proper
thread tensions and properly imbedded stitches to prevent loose stitching. Overlock thread breaks
3/4 inch (1.91 cm) at each break. Resew all broken stitching by back stitching two inches on each
side of the break.
Darning. Darn rips or tears not larger than 1/4 inch (0.635 cm) limiting to three per hood or cap section.
Repairs such as mends, darns, patches, or splices are not permitted on the camouflage
pattern cap. (Re: MIL-C-1911H, pg 7, para 3.4.2)
Replace defective sweatbands with material specified in section III.
Replace missing or defective drawcords with webbing specified in section III, cut as follows, and
attach in same manner as the original. One end of each drawcord shall be tacked to brim and hood
joining seam allowance through interlining and hood. Thread through eyelet and keeper. Knot ends
and coat tips with cellulose acetate or cellulose butyrate to prevent fraying (fig. 8-1).
Replace missing or defective buttons with like items specified in section III and restitch all loose
Repair buttonholes having loose or broken stitching, and loose or broken gimp or tack. Reshape
enlarged buttonholes by reinforcing hole with a small piece of like material and rework. Restitch
damaged tack and replace defective gimp with material specified in section III.
Replace missing or defective leather keepers using material specified in section III, fabricated to size
and design of the original.