15-5. REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE-Continued
Figure 15-3. Preparing a tear for patching.
Prewarm the area to be patched by pressing with a household electric dry iron or steam iron used dry.
With iron set at the cotton indicator or as high as possible without scorching the fabric, apply the iron for
5 seconds or more immediately position the patch. Hold the iron on the patch for about 12 seconds.
Use no more than a slight rotating motion of the iron and apply constant pressure. Remove the iron and
allow patch area to cool in place about 5 seconds, or long enough so that the patch will not drift off
when the garment is removed from the ironing board.
Patches that are longer than the iron may be ironed in sections, starting at the center and completing
each section before moving to the next section. Overlapping of the iron upon previously bonded
section is permissible. Carefully trim away any frayed protrusions at the torn edges.