18-6. REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE - Continued
(c) Button. Replace missing, broken, or damaged buttons with matching ones (see Section Ill). Align buttons with
(d) Buttonholes. Fashion buttonholes of the eyelit-end square bar type over gimp to properly fit and move face
over button. Repair buttonholes by reshaping the enlarged buttonhole before reworking and then pull in to
shape by hand or machine stitch a small reinforcement patch to the underside of the garment and rework the
buttonhole through the patch. Tack ends of buttonhole securely Use thread and stitching listed in (a) above.
(e) Pockets and flaps. Repair or replace torn, missing or defective pockets and flaps Restitch ripped seams on
flaps and pockets. Darn small holes and tears when necessary; patch slightly larger holes, if the darning and
patching will not be visible when garment is worn.
(f) Vents. Darn or patch holes, tears, and frays that will not be visible when garment is worn.
(g) Shoulder loops. Restitch or replace loose, missing, or defective shoulder loops. Whenever the outer facing of
the shoulder loop shows unacceptable defects, reverse, and place on opposite shoulder, if possible, provided
shade of the fabric matches. Fabricate replacement shoulder loops from cloth conforming to the basic material
of the garment.
(h) Lining. Repair holes, tears, or other defects in linings by darning or patching. Darn any small holes or tears
before any patches are sewn on. Darn and cover holes at armholes with a patch of lining material in a shape
of a sweat shield with raw edges turned in and felled to armhole and lining.
(i) Slide fastener. Replace missing or damaged slide fasteners of the type prescribed in Section III.
(j) Hangers and button loops. Replace or resew missing or loose hanger loops and button loops with like material.
(k) Snap fasteners. Replace missing or damaged snap fasteners with the type prescribed in Section III.
(I) Buckles. Replace missing or damaged buckles with the type prescribed in Section III.
After cleaning and repairs have been accomplished, resize items according to sizes listed in the appropriate table (Table
18-1 through 18-3). When garments vary in size from original markings, obliterate old marking and mark proper size with
indelible pencil or waterproof ink. When measurements do not correspond to a size listed, relabel to nearest breast and
back length size. For example, if the coat measures 22 inches (55.9 cm) in the half-breast and 29-13/16 inches (75.7
cm) in the back, mark on the coat label "size 40". Coats in good wearable condition should not be sent to the property
disposal officer because the back and breast measurements are off fractions of an inch.