Where do you live, Murphyslaw? I have an old Singer that I would be happy to give your daughter. It is quite old but works fine, nothing special, but would be a good starter machine. I don't have the instructions, but I can show the threading etc, and Singer might also be able to help. I am in SW London.
she is loving it - we made lavender bags this summer. She is currently trying to make a wedding dress for her teddy bear
My mum is great at sewing - I however am dreadful but then I have never been taught how to do it in the first place! I really should learn.
Shes also trying to learn knitting but is struggling a little. It has forced me to pick up the needles after a break of 20 years! (my nan taught me to knit when i was small) I can only do purl and plain but we are getting by!!!