I have only used a sewing machine once in my life. 3rd year textiles for about 4 weeks. Couldnt say how I managed. Probably not very well.
I would really like to learn how to use one. Have done for some time but really have no idea where to start. Has anyone any pointers please on where to start for a complete novice. Should I self teach or lessons? What's a good machine to start on? Any help greatfully received.
I highly recommend you start off by watching youtube tutorials and experimenting with scraps of fabric or other cheap fabric (old sheets from charity shops are good for this). The internet is full of video tutorials and written tutorials and photo tutorials for just about everything you would need to get started in sewing.
That way you get to go at your own pace, at home, and stop, rewind, watch again, try again without being in a formal lesson setting where the pressure mihg tbe on.
Best machine to start on would be a relatively simple one, find yourself a second hand one off ebay or gumtree. I have only ever used second hand machines and they have served me very well. I use toyota but I think all the big name machines are good.