Necessity is the mother of invention, the old saying goes. During WWI, muslin for dressing wounds was delivered on broadcloth rolls. Nurses had to hand cut this roll to make bandages.
One practical-minded nurse, Miss Lulu Miller, took upon herself to invent a solution. Her invention, a cutting table for wound material, accurately measured material from the bolt and guided it into cuttable strips (Source: Popular Science Magazine, February 1919).