As excited as I am about my new machine, that's not actually why I'm writing. I'm writing to tell you what I learned today. As I was looking at these machines that were hundreds of dollars brand new I asked the lady what is the difference between these machines and the machines you can buy at Wal-Mart. She responded, "I'm so glad you asked that question!" And she was. She took me over to the counter and set two machines in front of me. The machines were missing their outer shells. One machine was solid metal and didn't look that much different without it's shell (below).
The other machine looked like a high school science project (below).
So, the point of my story is that if you have bought an inexpensive machine and decided that you "can't sew" then I would recommend investing in a better machine. I read several blogs and forums today on the subject and the consensus is to buy a used machine from a reputable dealer. I bought my machine for $299. I know that it was serviced properly and she made sure I had all the parts it originally came with. It also came with a one year warranty. The cheapest new machine that could both embroider and sew was $999, so I'm pretty happy. =)
Hope this helps if you are looking into buying yourself a machine. I think they are a true treat. If you work at it, sewing your own things can save you a lot of money throughout the years, and a good machine can last a lifetime.