measure twice and cut once

measure twice and cut once

An axiom that encourages careful first steps in order to avoid extra work later on. I have to go back to the store because I cut the wrong size out of my last piece of material. "Measure twice and cut once" should be my new motto!
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Make sure to measure twice and cut once! Once your metal screen is cut, wrap it around your jar to be sure it's the right size.