and you may have to drill out the hole in the hold-down clamp a bit. But yes, a Helicoil or Timesert is meant to repair damaged female threads. Helicoil is actually a coil of square wire, Timesert is a machined bushing, and many prefer these as they have advantages in many applications (and cost more).
There really aren't that many metric thread patterns. For most practical uses each "M" size (i.e. M6, M7, M8, M10, etc.) has only two associated "pitches" or spacing between threads: "course" and "fine" (there is also "extra fine", but I have never encountered one); most screws that you will encounter are "course" thread. Amazingly enough, my local Ace Hardware store has a pretty good selection of metric fasteners, although they are priced higher than their SAE equivalents.
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