Amazon has an easy sew for £8.95. This will do basic sewing like hemming jeans etc. Jonelle do a basic model that does just running and zig zag stitch. Available from John Lewis for around £180. Hope this helps!
I started sewing about a year ago and I have a basic Janome. It is very easy to use and does everything that I need it to. I have made things like cushions, bags, clothes for people and dolls, cases and covers for ipads and kindles.