12-6. REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE-Continued
Remove wrinkles from area to be repaired and apply patch over damaged area on the out-
side. Press to smooth patch In place.
When holes exceed two inches, apply a patch to the Inside fabric before applying outside
patch. TEMPORARY PATCHES WILL NOT HOLD FOR LAUNDERING
c. Direct Support Maintenance.
Preliminary examination. Dirt, mud, dust, spots, stains, and other foreign matter shall be
removed with a brush or by laundering. Mildewed and rotten items shall be discarded
Seams shall be tested by grasping the garment with both hands and pulling at right angles
to the seam. Areas to be repaired shall be marked with crayon Non-specification and
personnel marks shall be erased or obscured.
Stitching and restitching. Use machine stitching wherever possible for all stitching and
backstitching. Backstitch or bartack all stitching at ends to prevent raveling. Maintain
proper thread tension to prevent loose stitching and to imbed the lock in the center of
material sewn. The looper thread should be on the outside of the garment Backstitch
type 301 stitching not less than 1 inch at each break Overlock thread breaks in overedge
stitching not less than 3/4 Inch (1.91 cm). Thread size shall conform to V-T-276 of the
types and sizes listed below'
FOR CLOTHING LINERS (NYLON THREAD)
STITCHES PER INCH
FOR PONCHO LINER (POLYESTER THREAD)