A long time ago, I had a girlfriend who was a costume designer. She always worked on Saturdays, so my choices were: A. spend the day alone on the cattle ranch where we lived; or B. go to work at the costume shop and spend time with her. I usually chose B, and consequently, she was gracious enough to take the time to teach me how to sew. Without her generosity, I wouldn't know how to wind a bobbin, thread a needle, make a button hole, or hem my own pants. Thanks for that, KM!
Nowadays, I don't sew a lot; and compared to most projects you see on crafting sites, my stuff looks like it was made by a chimp with ADD whose Ridalin prescription has just run out. That aside, I still enjoy it immensely. Recently, I've made some bags, a set of curtains and two Viking costumes for my rock band. Not bad for a dude. Which brings me to the real topic of this post...I think guys should know how to sew; at least in a rudimentary fashion. Maybe you won't be making a suit any time soon, but that's not to say that you can't get your feet wet with something a little easier.
I've been looking around for awhile now for a tutorial that would be good for a newbie with a sewing machine around the house to attempt, and I think this bag fits the bill perfectly. Not so easy that you are in danger of falling asleep at the wheel, but not so difficult that you end up crying. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes.
As far as actual instructions about using a sewing machine go, I'll not attempt that here. There are better people out there to digitally guide you through the process than me, so search around the web and I'm sure you'll find a treasure trove of information on getting the basics down. Good luck!