Someone recommended this (actually a similar, more expensive one) repeatedly in a sewing video and my 1st thought was that she was plugging it for a commission. I looked into it and decided on this product, and I can't agree more on it's usefulness. Unless the project is large, this is so handy right beside me with a small iron (also available on Amazon) that heats up very quickly. I keep a ceramic coaster handy for the iron to rest on. When not in use I simply stand it up on the shelf right above my work table. On big improvement I made was to glue (I used hot glue) a similar sized square of "rubber" non-skid shelf liner to the underside to prevent the mat/pad from sliding around, which it will do otherwise.