I have sewn since I was 12 years old and took up quilting almost 20 years ago. A couple of my friends had recently purchased this item and expressed their satisfaction. So I bought one for myself. It does a beautiful job of making nice flat seams, whether it is done with a dry iron or a steam iron, with or without a shot of steam. It also does fine with or without spray starch/water. Count me as a happy quilter.
This works great, but sometimes if you give it a lot of steam it smells a little like wet dog (or wet sheep, I guess, since it's wool). Not that bad though. When making a block with a lot of seams intersecting and using dark fabric, if you press it on a regular hard ironing surface (I've made a quilting top for my ironing board that's really firm) you can get white spots on the dark fabric at the intersection where the heavy pile up of seams is. You don't get that using this, because it's just soft enough that the bulk of the thick part sinks into the pad, so the top is nice and flat and the iron doesn't have to ride over the bump.
Love this wool pad. If you are into quilting, you should own this. I bought it along with an iron I found in the Amazon deals section. Brand new iron with a dented box for 15 dollars less. I knocked off a star because my pad is turning brown for some reason. I've only done normal ironing and I havent left it on the pad at all;ive only ironed through the fabric and its turning brown. I will try a lower heat setting to see if I can get the same press without the pad looking burnt. At this rate, it will be brown by the end of this quilt. This pad makes all the difference.....completely straight quilt blocks. It's amazing. Dont know how I've done without it so long!
I am finding this pressing pad really help me get a much flatter pieced block than I can get using a regular pad on an ironing board. I don’t normally use the steam settings, but still get great results. Also gives a very flat open seam.
Presses like a dream. Great for blocks and nice size for pressing blocks as you sew them. I wish they made a giant one to go on my ironing board for pressing the entire quilt front down. I do it in sections on this one. Glad I got it! I'm a beginner quilter and it's helped me get more accurate blocks along with the 1/4 seam foot.