I finally got a new iron. My brilliant mother found a great Rowenta at Tuesday Morning, of all places. So there you go, give it a try, if you're in need. Way cheaper that Costco or JoAnn's. Another option might by Macy's. They have sales and coupons all the time, which you can actually use on irons as opposed to certain large fabric retailers.
I've been borrowing the iron behind it from the store where I work. That iron and I have a history, which I'll share briefly.
My first iron was a Rowenta which my mom gave to me for a wedding present that lasted about 9 years. When it died, I bought a decent Black and Decker at Target. Which died less than a year later! I was in the middle of many projects, so I ran to the store where I work and borrowed one there so I could keep sewing.
So I called B&D, spent a while on the phone with their customer service during which they promised to send me a new iron. I thought, "okay, that's not so bad." All they asked was for me to pay the shipping for the new iron and for me to cut off the plug end of the cord and mail it to them to prove that I wasn't just scamming a new iron from them.
So I hurriedly cut the plug off, packaged it up and stuck it in my mail box and went back to sewing, only to discover I had cut the plug off the iron I borrowed from work, not my defective iron. Oh my goodness, I felt SO stupid.
Fortunately all ended well eventually. I borrowed my neighbor's iron for a few days (which she gladly lent because she hates to iron), I took the store's iron to an appliance repair place and they put a new plug on the end of the severed cord, and my new B&D iron arrived a week or so later. And then stopped working a few months later, at which point we repeated the process (minus cutting off the wrong cord), got a 3rd B&D iron in less than 2 years and this is the iron that gave out a few weeks ago.
So lessons to be learned:
Do not cut off the plugs off other people's irons.
Buy a good iron.
It sometimes comes in handy to have neighbors who hate ironing.
On another subject, I'm loving these little Snippets pieced hexagons. Now I'm off to make more!