Inspired by the What's In Your Bag thread, I'm starting to wonder..
What does /cgl/ think is essential to every cosplayer? What equipment should everyone have and learn to use?
Just naming off the stuff that has helped greatly/saved my ass in a pinch at con itself. you can be surprised with what you can make due with, when options are limited.
Cordless hot glue gun
Tide to-go spot pens
black/white thread with needles
Cheap hairspray ( seals body paint in a pinch)
Velcro of all sizes
Medical gauze ( For looks and for real injuries)
Pocket lint brush
Single serving of powdered chicken soup ( best hangover cure if you drink)
Equipment everyone should learn to use, or at least be familiar with:
Dremel or other rotary tool
Good/Safe X-acto knife skills ( too many scars to count from that damn knife)
Any device that allows you to get 72 hours of rush work done 24 hours before you leave for the con.
To be honest, it all depends what kind of cosplay you are going to be doing mostly.
Doing alot of armor/props? Power tools are involved 50-75% of the time
Doing alot of dresses/custom clothing? prepare to love/hate the sewing machine.
I would say, at the bare minimum, you should get your hands on a sewing machine. Find a old, metal one that can do a shitload of layers at once, if possible. If you have a sewing shop in town, these can be found for under 75 bucks.
The biggest tool to learn how to use is your head. Taking time to plan/pattern out a cosplay can save you a shitload of time/money in the future.
Ham press and clothes steamer, too. No point in making yourself even more miserable and exhausted at the end of a long sewing day trying to figure out how the hell to jam a gathered leg of mutton sleeve into an ironing board in a way that doesn't create more wrinkles, or having to steam velvet in a draughty hotel shower.