I just got a second-hand embroidery machine from E-bay and I am finding it hard to use it. I am a beginner and have no experience in sewing. Can you recommend websites or books that can help me learn how to use the embroidery machine without taking actual classes?
First, you need to know the model of your embroidery machine and determine whether it is and embroidery only machine or a combo.
It is easy to learn to use the machine even without attending to actual lessons. Just follow the instructions indicated in the manual for the threading, make sure that the presser foot is up. The bobbin must be placed into the bobbing holder and that the thread is coming from the right direction.
As for embroidery only machine, you need to use thread and bobbins made for embroidery machines. The embroidery machine thread is used as the top thread and the machine embroidery bobbin thread is used for the bobbin. A stabilizer is also needed. Do away with other accessories and add-ons until you master the basics and have a good feel of the basics.
Ann The Gran is a great website where you can ask questions on learning all about embroidery machines.
Embroidery Library offers good quality free tutorials and videos for you.