Gamebox 2024

May 1, 2024

Gamebox 2024 is over and it was an intense event, since I was there with Warcrafters and we had a big booth. I decided two days before the con to make a quick cosplay, which went about as well as could be expected.

We arrived early friday to set up. This year we were in a different hall with a new location and a new partnership with Cosplay Aarhus, who were in charge of the cosplay show and other events on a stage in the area, which was a sort of “cosplay village”. It functioned quite well, although the soundsystem was not the best. Still, we had lots of space and were able to set up our booth really nicely.

Last year one of our big issues was that our booth was next to the main stage, which was really loud, but this year in the other hall, the sound levels were much better and we could talk to the people visiting our booth.

Friday evening we went to the after-party, and while it was fun, the DJ totally miss-judged the crowd. The music was all over the place and it was WAAAAY too loud – no one was dancing, everyone was trying to talk. Since our hotel was right next to the convention, it was still way too loud when we were trying to sleep, so we didn’t get much sleep.

Day two was a blur – we had many visitors and it was great to meet both new people and old friends. The cosplay show was also on saturday and I think it went well. I wasn’t part of it, but i cheered for my friend Namalyn Cosplay who won 2nd place with her D.Va cosplay. It was a good show, but I also felt that there was room for improvement. The sound was bad, there was no music, just a person reading a way-too-long description of the participants’ cosplays. After all had been on stage, there was nothing happening for a while before the prize ceremony. But the event is still finding it’s voice and I think it was better than last year, so at least it’s going in the right direction!

New to the event this year was also an Artist Alley. That was set up really nicely with a lounge area and little “streetlamps” at each booth. I liked what they did. I heard the booths were very expensive, though, which might explain why it was so small. I hope they will improve on that next year.

Sunday was the last day, and since a party was happening again (which we didn’t attend), we didn’t get much sleep again. I was having a really bad hair day and my Lillith cosplay that I put together the day before the con just didn’t work out very well. Oh well. 

All in all, I had a great weekend, and I would return. But I do hope that the organizers will put in a bit more ressources to improve the Cosplay Village for next year.

Below are some of my photos. With the other Warcrafters, including Namalyn’s D.Va that she won with in the contest and the silly but awesome Hazbin Hotel group (I don’t really like the show, but group cosplays are always fun). Also a photo of us at the end of the weekend, feeling happy but exhausted!

 

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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