"A Stitch in Time" is a song from the Songs for a Sailor volume of the Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project. It was first released with "Astral Planes" on a limited edition 7" record, sold on Record Store Day exclusively at Amoeba Vinyl in Los Angeles and limited to 250 copies. The MP3 was released on March 2, 2010, and physical copies of the Songs for a Sailor volume as a whole was released on May 25, 2010.
An instrumental version of the song featuring only synthesizer parts was used as the band's intro music for about six weeks in 2010, the first use coming on September 1st and the last on October 17th, after "The Fellowship" steadily became the common opening song of the set.
I wrote it sitting around backstage on one of the SP tours in 2008, and it is pretty simple in that the whole song is built around a very driving acoustic guitar, with no drums or bass. When we were playing the song on the Spirits tour, it was just acoustic plus mandolin and violin, which I really liked because of its bluegrass vibe. In the studio it’s totally changed and now sounds like some kind of gothic Indian orchestra is playing the song with the same original guitar part. I’m pretty surprised by how it has turned out to be so psychedelic – I didn’t expect that but guess it is just where my head is at right now.
— Billy Corgan, MusicRadar interview, October 2009