|Inside of my toasted iron. Rather graphic.|
My cordless iron had a meltdown when I was finishing up my Brocante for LePetite last week. I left the room for a moment with the iron on the base and when I came back, I could smell melted plastic. Thinking that I had possibly put it down on a pattern bag or something before I put it on the base, I lifted it up to have the sole plate drop off like this!! Yikes! It was definitely toast! I couldn't even tell exactly how this could have happened! It smelled so bad that I took it outside to cool down and got out my trusty
old older backup iron and kept on piecing. It was Friday, the day before my LePetite had to be finished for the parade and I couldn't stop! I wonder if it just got tired of working so much and gave up? I have been thinking I should get a new one for awhile. The bottom coating was wearing off and catching on the fabric sometimes, but I really liked this one and didn't want to give it up. Now I don't have a choice! I tend to use things until they wear out. This one sure did!
|Do you think it's time for a new one?|
A few days later when my DH and I opened it up again just to take a look, my 11 year old son said, "Now there's your problem!" He went on to explain that the soleplate must have gotten so hot that the screw that held the soleplate on melted the plastic above, causing the soleplate to come off. I suppose the blue sparks that I thought I saw the night before between the base and the iron, should have tipped me off that something was wrong. I dismissed it because I only thought I saw them. It was late, I was in a hurry to get the project done, and the sparks didn't appear again so I forgot about it until the final meltdown!
|Saying goodbye to a trusted friend.|
Anyway, here's how you can help me. I'm obviously shopping for a new iron now. What kind of iron do you use and why do you like it or not like it? I'm pretty sure I want a cordless, so I'm not wrestling with the cord like an alligator (I'm in Florida and there are lots of alligators around, although I really haven't wrestled any). If you could leave a comment for me about the iron you use I'd really appreciate it! Cordless or not I'm interested in what you are using. Thanks so much for you help. It's time to buy a new iron!