Dreamhack Leipzig 2017

January 18, 2017

I went to Dreamhack Leipzig this weekend with my group, The Warcrafters. We were invited by the organizers to take part with our Darkmoon Faire, and boy, was it a great experience!

For the past few months, I have been in a creative vacuum with absolutely no inspiration or energy. Going to this convention, seeing all the awesome cosplays on stage, meeting and talking to some of the nicest people I have met, who also happen to be very highly skilled cosplayers, was a great inspiration to me!

We started friday morning VERY early. We had a station wagon and a van cramped full of cosplays, mannequin body parts, armors and a cheetah. Off we went down the icy road towards the south. Destination: Leipzig!

10 hours later, we arrived and had our first encounter with German “authority” in the form of a parking guard. Much discussion ensued – all in heavy dialect German. I concluded that my German skills were not as horrible as I feared – he concluded that just because we’re young and nerdy, we can still be exhibitors and we finally entered the Dreamhack area!
We saw the place we were to set up our corner the next morning, had a look around the convention hall and went to our hotel to check in, have dinner and get ready to party – XMG hosted a party friday night after the convention had closed and we were lucky to get invited!

Saturday morning, we got up early and set up our corner! We had less space than anticipated, but it turned out to be a good thing, because we realised that we were way too busy to manage all 3 of our Darkmoon games at a time, so we instead rotated them. Blizzard had sponsored a ton of t-shirts, lanyards and many other things to give away, while Steelseries had sponsored some very nice Blizzard-themed mousepads! People were super happy to get the prizes and it was so much fun to get to make people happy like that!

We also had so many people come by and look at our exhibition and I spoke with many of them (in German), and it was just such a great feeling to know our group may have inspired more people to start cosplaying! Saturday night, we packed everything up after the convention had closed and went back to our hotel for some drinks with fellow cosplayers. We just sat until 2:30 in the morning, talking and laughing. It was just so relaxed and fun!

Sunday morning, we visited the con shortly before heading back to Denmark, and ending an awesome convention. I hope we’ll be able to return to Germany again soon!

Here’s some photos of our corner – the first 14 (the nice ones) were taken by Fotograf-13!

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This Bernina was my 2nd serger/overlocker and actually the first (and only) brand new machine I have bought. It works quite good and it’s a bit less noisy than my old one, which is great. One thing I miss from my old machine: It doesn’t have free arm capabilities. I don’t follow rules when I sew, so I like to overlock on my sleeves when I’m making clothes, which is harder when you can’t fit the fabric around the machine, especially when making mistakes and accidentally stitching through wrong layers will ruin the whole project, because the machine cuts while sewing. But it’s a minor thing that I work around, and overall, I’m really pleased with the performance!

My next machine was a very fancy christmas gift from my dad:

Pfaff Creative Vision sewing /embroidery machine

I have wanted an embroidery machine for years, but they are both quite expensive (though, more and more affordable models are being released) and also I had no idea what to look for. I thought each machine had their own software, and so I thought it was also a thing to consider. But it turns out it’s not. And while embroidery software (to make your own designs) is a whole topic of it’s own, it turns out the machines are quite “simple”. This one functions both as a sewing machine and an embroidery machine, and I have used it for sewing a little bit, but for that purpose, my old one still does better – it has a more powerful engine. This machine struggles with e.g. webbing. But it doesn’t matter, because it’s a bit of a chore to convert it between sewing and embroidery (the attachment + foot + needle needs to be replaced, and different types of threads on upper-and lower thread), so I just use it as embroidery machine. And for that, it works great. It supports quite large hoops – up to 360 x 350 mm. (though biggest I have is 360 x 200 mm). The standard hoops that were included were plastic ones that work by squeezing fabric between inner and outer hoop and tightening it. But I fairly quickly upgraded to metal hoops with magnets, because I find it easier to align designs like that. It’s a preference thing. It’s a single colour machine, so you have to replace the thread after each colour. But I think it’s fine. Some projects require you to babysit it, while others you can just leave it alone. It depends both on the file, the fabric and the thread. There’s a lot to learn when embroidering, but it’s quite fun. I haven’t used it for cosplay yet, but most things that sit still long enough in our house gets embroidered.

The latest machine I bought is this one:
Brother Coverstitch CV3550 coverlock machine


This machine is quite limited in it’s use. It’s something inbetween an overlocker and a regular machine. It has one bottom looper, and up to 3 upper threads. And this version also has an extra thread that is kind of like an over-looper. If you have a t-shirt on, I’m pretty sure there’s an edge of folded fabric that is stitched with a coverlock. On the visible side, it’s usually 2 straight, parallel seam-lines and on the underside, it’ll be kind of looping around. That’s a coverstitch. I got this, because I enjoy making clothes for myself and my family, and it makes that a lot easier. But it’s overkill for most people and probably not that relevant for cosplay. I just felt like splurging a bit and buying myself something nice. I did buy it used, though, because I figured I would get one that had all the possible features (including free arm for easier sleeve stitching).

So that’s basically all the machines I have! I would like to add one honorable mention, though:

 Husqvarna 5710 sewing machine


This was my very first sewing machine! My grandmother had it before me, and it’s from somewhere between 1976-1982 (I don’t know exactly when) It was actually a nice machine, but when I first got into cosplay and realized it was something I wanted to do a lot, I wanted something a bit more quiet with more features. But this machine isn’t gone. My mother-in-law didn’t have a sewing machine, so I brought it to Lithuania and now she uses it for little repairs and such. It makes me happy to know that after all this time, it still has a purpose and it still works just fine. Those old Husqvarna machines are work horses, and if your budget is small, go look for this kind of machine. The machines that were made back then were so simple that they don’t break that easy, and they were made with quality materials, so they last forever. They may not have lots of fancy seams, but my first Druid cosplay was made mostly with this red machine.

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