A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: Origin and Meaning
Sewing up a small hole when you see it will prevent more sewing later (saves nine stitches). First recorded in 1732 as ‘a stitch in time may save nine,’ it is later found in 1797 as the more confident ‘a stitch in time saves nine’. It comes from the literal meaning that sewing one stitch is easier than sewing nine stitches.
– “A: My tap has started dripping, but it can wait.”
– “B: You should get a plumber to fix it right away or it will get much worse! A stitch in time saves nine!”