The proverb, ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ highlights that prompt action should be taken to correct anything that goes wrong.
It is much easier to repair the damage at an early stage. If ignored, even small problem or difficulty may become too big to solve.
A piece of cloth must be stitched at once even if slightly torn. If ignored, the hole or tear in the cloth may be widened beyond repair. In that case, the cloth may become useless.
Similarly, if the engine of a motorcar is causing some problem, the same should be tackled immediately to prevent future damage. The walls should be repaired even if there is a small crack in it. If neglected, the small crack may get broadened that may affect the longevity of the building. If a person falls ill, he should seek medical advice immediately.
It is very important to check bad habits at an early stage; else, it may not be possible to get control over it.