I always use my mum her old sewingmachine since I have no money for my own.
She got it when she was in her teens so let say in the '70s, she didn't used it very often for 10 years (so when we were big kids, just making some pants shorter or stuff, nothing big)
when I wanted to sew (the first time), I just grabbed her machine,
mum: Are you going to sew?
I placed the machine on the table and began to read the instruction book (which was sticked together)
read it a couple of times, sticked some papers onto the machine that said what's what.
Threaded the thing (which was a real bum 'cause the picture wasn't really clear, my mum told me later I threaded it wrong (or just too much) but it worked so
and started to test some things on a small scrap.
another day, yet again reading the instructions:
I: you can embroider with this thing.
mum: no you can't
I: yes you can! Didn't you get some other foots with the machine?
mum: no, I think you have to buy them.
I: *searching in the machine cosy* what's this?!
my mum: oh... those are foots...
I: You had this machine for over 30 years and you didn't know that you got foots???!!!
mum: I was always thinking it was sooo difficult to sew buttonholes...
(she got a foot for it ...) btw she did use the zipperfoot ... but didn't see the others ...
So I taught my mum something more about her machine ^^
I really want her to start sewing more!
Also, in the beginning if the thing was strugling (so you can't sew any further but the thread keeps on knotting)
I just opened it, and got everything out and began to fix it
I have never broken a needle