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>John Cowan sekalge:
>>Stitches, of course.  The saying means "A timely stitch saves the need
>>for nine non-timely ones."

(One of my life's greatest mysteries has just been solved right there.)

>Actually, it's "A stitch for which you use enough time to do it right
>prevents the need for nine poorly made stitches." Right? Making a stitch
>generally isn't time-sensitive. Unless the article of clothing is coming
>apart at the seams. I thought it was talking about quality, not

I imagine it means that if you made the one stitch you needed when you needed
it, you wouldn't have had to refabricate the whole garment when the sleeve
came off later.

At least so I feel now that my car has broken down :(