A stitch in time saves nine"WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?"

Posted by Michelle on September 09, 1999

My 3rd grader needs to know what this phrase means so she can write a story based on it`s meaning. HELP!
I have looked all over the internet and have found meanings for just about every saying BUT this one. If someone knows where I can find the meaning please post ASAP or better yet feel free to e-mail me.