Unfortunately, it's actually the 5th, 6th, or 7th time! I'm talking about irons!! I have the worst luck with irons. I know I've cried and whined about it many times before...but it's just something that bugs me sooo much! LOL My "big" iron has held up remarkably well (knock on wood!)...it's been almost TWO years ago that I bought it. I'm sure I'm jinxing myself here...but I usually only get about a year out of an iron, no matter the price.
Over the past year, I've had issues with my smaller "travel" or table iron. I use it on a side table next to my machine for smaller projects or for times like now when I'm working on a paper pieced project like the Points of Pride quilt. I had a small Conair red iron that worked great for a about 6-7 years, but truthfully, I only used it when I went to workshops or retreats. One day, the steam function stopped working. Did I mention I love steam. Must.have.steam. :)
Then I went through one or two others and just didn't like them. They didn't steam well, caught the edge of the fabric, etc. Finally I found this one and it worked well for about six months. Then with no warning...kaput! No heat.
Ugh...back to Amazon I went. I think I've tried all the "travel iron" options that pop up when I put it in the search box. So, this is the next
victim option....made by Hamilton Beach. It had decent reviews (none of them get all favorable).
It's a bit bigger than the last few I've tried and the handle is a little funky...but if it does the job, I'm good with it! I'll let you know how I like it after a few days of giving it a try!