Sewing Vintage with Tara Moss

Want try something new or keen to learn dressmaking basics and vintage styles? This is the perfect vlog and tutorial video series for you. Proudly supported by BERNINA.

‘When I finally took up sewing it was a long overdue life skill for me, and I used my husband’s sewing machine for my first project. His machine was an inexpensive model he hadn’t used a lot, and it had plastic parts and broke pretty quickly with only the smallest amount of use, which surprised us both. I remember trying to get it to sew two pieces of cotton together and there was practically smoke coming out of the thing. After that I knew I wanted a quality machine, and we did our research. Thankfully my local haberdashery recommended Bernina to me. They all use Bernina models, from the basics to more sophisticated machines, and when I bought mine they were able to help me through the process and show me the basics. Buying a quality machine is about longevity and reliability. I want to avoid the disposable culture of built in obsolescence and get something that can be maintained and fixed as the years pass. And I certainly don’t want something that’s going to give up on me when I’m halfway through topstitching the front of a neckline or some other crucial part of a project I’ve worked hard on. It’s also crucial to have people to turn to when you have questions, especially when you are a newbie like me, and my local seamstresses and Bernina Australia themselves have been wonderful about helping with any questions.
My Bernina is a little wonder. She’s already travelled interstate with me for courses, and she’s seen this newbie sewist through everything from backpacks to dresses, cushions, circle skirts and even cosplay outfits and corsets. With solid design and metal parts, she’ll be going strong for a long time to come, and my daughter already has her eye on her for when she’s older.’
Tara Moss, author, advocate, host of Sewing Vintage with Tara Moss, and friend of Bernina.

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Tara demonstrates how to lace a corset.


Date Posted: 27 July 2017  

In this episode, Scott Bradley shows how to darn the tear in a vintage 1930s jacket using needle and thread.


Date Posted: 19 July 2017  

Tara talks vintage menswear with vintage aficionado and young designer Scott Bradley.


Date Posted: 5 July 2017  

Changing your needle is more important than you think!


Date Posted: 23 June 2017  

In this episode Tara explores a different vintage while visiting a Steampunk festival in Oamaru, New Zealand.


New look, New season. An Interview with Gretchen Hirsch, known as Gertie.


Date Posted: 27 April 2017  

Learn how to put in a zipper - the easy way!


Date Posted: 20 April 2017  

Tara learns how to hand sew a hem using a herringbone stitch with Kerrie Hay, plus more viewer mail!


In this episode, Tara learns how to sew on a button the proper way.


Date Posted: 5 April 2017  

Not all sewing involves a sewing machine and in this episode Tara & Kerrie Hay, our National Product Educator, look at how to professionally attach a hook and eye.


Date Posted: 31 March 2017  

Tara explains how to wear an underbust corset and demonstrates how to properly put one on and take it off by using a self-lacing technique.


Date Posted: 21 March 2017  

Tara completes her underbust corset sewing course with corset maker and couture designer Lowana O'Shea of Vanyanis.

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Date Posted: 14 March 2017  

Laying out the coutil, measuring grainline, cutting out fabric and busk work,
extremely important elements in this episode from Tara.
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Date Posted: 6 March 2017  

Follow Tara's journey as she makes an underbust corset in a course featuring her sewing bee friends with corset maker
and couture designer Lowana O'Shea of Vanyanis


Date Posted: 28 February 2017  

In this first episode Tara Moss looks at getting to know your machine and what not to do with pins!