TM 10-1670-296-20&P 0010 00
1. Stitching and restitching on items constructed from cloth, canvas, and webbing should be accomplished
with thread that matches the color of the original stitching, when possible. Backstitching at least ½-inch
should lock all straight stitching. Restitching should be locked by overstitching each end of the stitch
formation by ½-inch. Zig-zag stitching does not require locking; however, zig-zag restitching should
extend at least ¼-inch into undamaged stitching at each end, when possible. Restitching should be made
directly over the original stitching, following the original stitch pattern as closely as possible.
2. Darning. (Refer to Table 1.) Darning is a sewing procedure used to repair limited size holes, rips, and
tears in assorted airdrop items constructed from textile, cloth and reinforcement webbing of packs. A
darning repair may be made either by hand or sewing machine, depending upon the method preferred
and the availability of equipment. However, a darning machine should be used to darn small holes and
tears where fabric is missing. Darning of previously patched material can be performed provided darning
size limitations prescribed in the paragraph applicable to the item are not exceeded. A darning repair will
be performed using the following procedures, as appropriate:
Machine darning. Proceed as follows:
Using an authorized marking aid of contrasting color, mark a square around the damaged area
and ensure that the marking is at least ¼-inch back from each edge of the damaged area. The
marking will be made with the warp and the filling of the material.
Darn the damaged area by sewing the material in a back-and-forth manner, using size A or E
nylon thread, allowing the stitching to run with the warp or filling of the fabric.
Turn the material and stitch back and forth across the stitching made in (b) above until the hole
or tear is completely darned.