When you learn to sew you have to do lots more than just learn how to read a pattern and care for fabric. One of the hardest things to learn is how to use and care for your sewing machine. This is a difficult thing because no to machines are alike and chances are, the person who is teaching you to sew will have a different machine than you do. I like to compare a sewing machine to a car, even if you have the same make and model chances are they will each have their own little quirks that you have to learn how to function with and each time you get a new machine you must learn about it all over again.
There are many great resources for the beginning seamstress to help them better understand and care for their machine. One item that I feel would be a very worthwhile purchase for anyone who is learning about a new machine is Sewing Machine Repair for the Home Sewer
by Reuben O. Doyle. It is an easy to read book that tells you about some common problems you might face with your machine and simple ways you can go about trying to solve them. It is a great reference guide for anyone who uses a sewing machine, especially those who are new to sewing. I know I have enjoyed having this book available! It is a great addition to the crafter's collection!