This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Kilting Machine. An appliance used for the purpose of kilting or pleating, which it can perform more perfectly and with greater speed than can be done by hand. Accordion pleating, representing whole skirts of dresses, as well as trimmings, ruches, etc., is done almost entirely on this machine at a moderate cost compared with that of handwork of the same description.