Help on starting out with sewing machine.?

Last night I was trying to start my daughters quilt last night using the sewing machine to save myself some time. Well it didnt end up happening. I honestly followed all the instructions I thought lol I would start out and it would not sew on top, the thread wouldnt stay in my needle. I had about 7 inches of tail... show more Last night I was trying to start my daughters quilt last night using the sewing machine to save myself some time. Well it didnt end up happening. I honestly followed all the instructions I thought lol I would start out and it would not sew on top, the thread wouldnt stay in my needle. I had about 7 inches of tail like the book told me. The bottom of the material had a cluster of thread in one spot. I threaded and picked up the bobbin thread like it told me too. It also would go for a few seconds then bog down and just sound like it was running but the needle was stuck. What am I doing wrong? Please help.
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