stitch in time saves nine

a stitch in time (saves nine)

An action taken now will prevent problems later. You should consider getting your car repaired now before you're left stranded on the side of the road—a stitch in time saves nine. I know it's a month away, but I already started preparing for the big dinner party. A stitch in time, you know.
See also: stitch, time

stitch in time saves nine

Prov. If you fix a small problem right away, it will not become a bigger problem later. Let's patch the roof before that hole gets bigger. A stitch in time saves nine.
See also: nine, save, stitch, time
References in classic literature ?
Men say that a stitch in time saves nine, and so they take a thousand stitches today to save nine tomorrow.
They say a stitch in time saves nine and we found it can save money too.
A stitch in time saves nine, another resident Malik Akram said and added the Capital Development Authority was already facing financial crunch and early repairs can help it save millions.
A stitch in time saves nine is, I think, the way that old sewing adage goes.
The Smotherses played a couple of omnipotent creators of wisdom who would generate slogans - ``A stitch in time saves nine,'' ``Absence makes the heart grow fonder'' - which they would then send down to Earth via a messenger.