Steady Betty-Pressing surface. The Steady Betty is a unique, high quality pressing surface that holds fabric down with little to no movement for a perfect press. The Steady Betty was first designed to aid the quilter, but has since found many other uses. The idea behind the Steady Betty was to speed up the process of quilting by making the tedious task of pressing much easier. If the pressing is done incorrectly it can destroy the entire quilt or art project. The Steady Betty is a precision built surface that keeps material and fabrics from slipping.