Read the user's manual.
Singer and other manufs have some great how-to books to give you the basics.
go to the links page here on HF then the 'gear making tips
Check out creative solutions - click the different "feet" on the left side
Also check out the links for 'sewing tips' and 'specialty outdoors'
Also, check out Thru-hiker, the projects tab
. Lots of good info there.