Type 401, 503, 504, 515, 516 stitching is repaired in the same manner as type 301, except that
repairs to type 401 stitching requires both ends of all seams to have a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm)
minimum chain extending beyond each end unless they are caught in a seam or other stitching.
Patching and darning may be applied to any area of the garment. Repair small tears not more
than 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) across with a darning or zigzag stitch. Repair rips, tears and thin areas
greater than 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) but less than 4 inches (10.2 cm) by patching. Patch holes having
a diameter of 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) but less than 4 inches (10.2 cm) by patching. Patches shall
match the garment in color and type of material. Cut away the damaged area to a square or
rectangular shape, depending upon the shape of the repaired area. Turn the raw edges under
3/8 inch (0.95 cm) and sew 1/8 inch (0.32 cm) from the edge. Cut the patch of sufficient size to
extend at least 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) beyond the hole or area to be patched, allowing for a 3/8 inch
(0.95 cm) turn under. Place the patch on the outside and sew it 1/8 inch (0.32 cm) from the edge
of the patch using size 60 tex thread and type 301 stitching.
Buttons. Replace missing, loose or damaged buttons with buttons conforming to those listed in
Section III as applicable. Attach the buttons securely and aligned with eyelet end of respective
Buttonholes. Buttonholes shall be of the eyelet end taper bar type worked over gimp. Repair
damaged buttonholes by reshaping enlarged buttonholes before reworking. Then pull buttonhole
into shape and hand or machine whip a small reinforcement patch to the underside of the
buttonhole. Then rework buttonhole through the patch.
Belt loop. Replace missing, broken or torn belt loops with new parts of matching size and
material. Such parts shall be fastened in a like manner to those being replaced and shall be
Pockets. Darn or machine patch small holes, small rips at corners, and broken seams of
pockets. Replace damaged patch pockets with new pocket of matching material and design.
Inside hanging pockets shall be repaired by piecing, when required. Replace defective flaps
except those flaps with very small holes that can be darned.
Hem. Turn under all frayed hems and stitch in place.
Waistband adjusting straps. Replace missing or damaged waistband straps with new parts of like
size and design
Buckles. Replace missing, broken, or damaged buckles in size and type specified in Section III.
Slide fasteners. Replace missing or defective slide fasteners with parts conforming to the type
specified in Section III. Installation shall be in the same manner as the original fastener. Refer to
Table 22-4 for appropriate lengths.
Hook and Pile Fastener. Any damaged hook and pile fastener tape may be replaced. Tapes
shall conform to Type I, Specification MIL-F-21840. Tapes shall be replaced as originally
Resizing. Resize all garments after complete repair and cleaning according to the item group schedule
of sizes listed in Table 22-2 and Table 22-3. When items deviate in size from their original marking,
obliterate the old marking and print or stamp the proper size with an indelible pencil or waterproof ink
near the old size. When the measurements do not correspond to a size listed, remark the Items to
correspond to the next lowest size. Items with measurements falling below the lowest measurement in
the schedule will not be accepted as conditioned.