14-6. REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE- Continued
Restitch seams containing loose and/or broken threads. Overstitch thread breaks in type 301
stitching not less than ½ Inch (1.27 cm) at each break. When type 401 stitch is used, place looper
thread on the underside. For Illustration of the various types of stitches used, see FED, STD. NO.
751 not less than ¾ inch (1.91 cm) at each break. Thread shall conform to MIL-T-43548 and the
type, thread size and stitches per Inch required for the repair shall be as follows:
Stitches per inch
28 PER BARTACK
42 - 52 PER BUTTONHOLE
14 - 16 PER BUTTON
14 - 16 PER BUTTON
Patching and darning. Repair rips, tears and holes that will not be visible when garment is worn.
Repair rips, tears and holes in areas ½ inch (1 27 cm) or less in greatest dimension. Repair rips,
tears and holes greater than ½ Inch (1 27 cm) but not exceeding 1 Inch (2.54 cm). Cut the patch
of sufficient size to extend at least ¼ to 3/8 inches (0.635 to 0.952 cm) beyond the hole or area to
be patched, allowing for a ¼ inch (0 635 cm) turn under. Place the patch on the outside and sew
it 1/16 to 1/8 inches (0.159 to 0.318 cm) from the edge of the patch. Cut away the damaged area
to a square or rectangular shape, depending upon the shape of the hole, turn the raw edges under
¼-inch (0.635 cm) and sew 1/16 to 1/8-inches (0.159 to 0.318 cm) from the edge.
Buttons. Replace missing, broken, or damaged buttons using Item listed in Section III.
Buttonholes. Reshape enlarged buttonholes by securely tacking the ends for proper fit over
corresponding buttons. Rework damaged buttonholes by stitching a small reinforcement patch to
the underside of the shirt and reworking through the patch not less than ¾ inch (1.91 cm) at each
break. Buttonholes shall be of the straight-cut, purl or whip type and the finished cut length
according to original construction.
Pockets and flaps. Repair or replace torn, missing or defective pockets and flaps. Restitch
ripped seams, loose or missing stitching on flaps and pockets. Darn small holes, cuts and tears
and patch slightly larger holes. The darning and patching shall not be visible when the pocket flap