Debbie: It is only scary in the beginning. Start off with something simple. Leah Day has lots of great information on beginning. There is lots of you tube videos out there. My recommendation is not to start with something you want perfect, because it just not come out perfect the first few times. Doing a simple meander is a great way to get the feel of the machine and how to get your stitch correct length. Once you master that, do loops, circles, and shapes like that. Then from there, do some feathers. You are going to have fun. If all else fails, message me.