MIL has given me her old one. We live too far away for her to be able to teach me to use it though. Are there any really good blogs or websites to teach me how to use it? I'm a complete beginner - my BFF used to even thread it for me at school and she doesn't have time for that sort of thing these days!
I don't even know what I want to make. Little things, cushion covers, children's clothes maybe.
Tilly and the Buttons has some basics on her blog. I would advise buying a basic sewing book that you can refer back to (something like Sewing Machine Basics) - this will run through the basics and lead you on to sewing something easy. This is how I got back into sewing.
This time last year I was a total beginner. I just used trial and error with charity shop material to start with until I became more competent. I also used tutorials on the web. I picked up a set of sewing magazines from a charity shop that explained some techniques. You don't have to spend a fortune.
Try to locate the instruction booklet first. If you have a specific problem check pinterest.
I would start off with simple things, like cushion covers and gradually move to more complex things.
Most sewing machines are relatively simple. A lot of problems can be caused by inferior thread and needles IME. Make sure you use the right needle for your fabric and you use the right type of spools for the machine.