One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An attachment on a knitting machine for producing rib stitch.
- ‘John Pepper of Portsmouth, N.H., can be credited for the first circular ribber - used experimentally in a factory at Franklin, N.H., from 1852 to 1857.’
- ‘In 1919 their four plants together held 5,603 knitters, 918 loopers, 715 ribbers, and 70 sewing machines.’
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