So I finally got my sewing machine running. Turns out I had the stitch length knob backward with the stitch width knob wondering why material wasn't feeding through the machine. After re-threading both top and bobbin several times I finally read my manual again and discovered my error. Of course once I got it working I was afraid to touch it.
First project was a wallet for my cousin using the tutorial here. The original attempt, also my maiden voyage with my sewing machine looked like this:
At this rate I might actually try making some clothes now that I've gotten the hang of my sewing machine finally. I got it for Christmas, but am only now getting acquainted with it. I am such a slacker.