Beth, it took me a while to have the courage to use my embroidery machine to embroider. I got the manual out and did one step at a time. It is getting to be a challenge that is so much fun. I keep playing and giggling at the results. There were no classes for my machine but one of the teachers at a local quilt store, sat down and went over the basic stuff. I found there is a large learning curve with my embroidery machine. Love it. Good luck and post your results.