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I'm sorry, I don't have a website for you. But I'd also recommend reading hte manual for the machine. It should be very explicit about what stitches are best for what purposes, troubleshooting, etc.
As far as patterns, my recommendations are to go with Vogue or Burda. I've found that their patterns are the most explicit. Vogue, however, classifies something as 'easy' when it's a bit tedious, at the least, I just noticed when looking through their pattern book today. Burda used to exclude the seam allowance from their patterns, so make sure you get a new pattern that includes the 5/8" seam allowance. And McCalls would be another decent choice.
In my experience, New Look patterns are terrible! Simplicity and Butterick are fine, usually, but sometimes their patterns are a little bit more complicated than necessary, in my experience.
I took my time with my first pattern, when I was in junior high and making myself a little jumpsuit with sleeves and the whole thing. But it worked out fine because I was patient (and had my mom as a reference, but I did make the whole thing myself). So, I know you can do it!
Some simple items to make: pants, shorts, skirts without zippers/buttons/etc.