I bought a cheap chain brand sewing machine, (for about 48 dollars) made for girls about 13 yrs. old. It is very easy and self-explanatory. It helped someone like me figure out how to work one. If you are more advanced, definitely spend more than 50 dollars. Make sure you have the right tension.. this is so very important for the stitch. Reading the instructions very carefully will help you with tension. Also, start out slow and work on some old fabric, instead of jumping to paper. Good LUCK!