2-5. REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF UNIFORMS-Continued
Iron-on patches are suitable for use on the utility shirt and trousers when garment
appearance is not first priority.
(a) Patch size. The iron-on patch shall be cut to the size and shape that it will extend approximately 3/4 inch
(1.91 cm) in all directions beyond the tear or other damage. Patches will have rounded corners.
(b) Patching procedure for iron-on patches. When patching by hand iron, place patch to the inside of the
The garment may be turned Inside out or the patch may be inserted within the garment, taking
care that the patch is centered In the desired position. Trim heavily ravelled ends with scissors. Smooth out
the area to be patches so that the tear is closed or very nearly closed, and so there will be no wrinkles, folds,
seams, or other protrusions under the iron when it is applied (fig. 2-3).
Pre-warm the area to be patched by pressing with a household electric dry Iron or steam Iron used dry. With
the 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 above 12 seconds.
Figure 2-3. Preparing a tear for patching