I've been sewing for about six or seven years (!!!) now. Though admittedly, I haven't always been as "into it" as I am now, there really hasn't been an extended period of time where my machine has gone without use.
I remember when I was very little, my mother would occasionally let me attempt to use her machine. No one in my family was very interested in it, and so when I needed help threading or if the machine jammed, there was no one to help me out. I attempted to hand sew some items, but was never very good at it and quickly gave up. It wasn't until my early twenties, when a friend of mine offered to help me alter a dress I had bought, that my interest was sparked once again. I, like I'm sure most others, was absolutely terrified of the sewing machine the first time I used it. I had a hard time controlling the speed while holding the fabric correctly, and I was scared of breaking it or getting a needle through the thumb. After a few tries, I felt a lot more comfortable and continued finished shortening the sleeves and hem of my dress (although not that well).
Not too long after that my friend and I signed up for a basic sewing class at Joann's. This was the first and only sewing class I've attended, but it gave me a lot of the basic knowledge and confidence to keep learning on my own both by watching and doing. Personally, I learn much better by doing and found that Googling anything I needed help with and practicing a few times did the trick.
When it comes down to it, the real reason I learned to sew was because I wanted to be able to alter clothing. Money was a little tight during that time and I wanted to be able to buy thrifted or clearance items that I liked knowing that I could change the size or length if needed. How many times have you passed up something you loved because it was too big or a little outdated? If you can sew, you have a much larger margin of shopping options.
The reason I bring all of this up is because nearly every time I post something I've made or altered, at least one person tells me that they wish they could sew. But you can! It's really no where near as intimidating as we all believe it is for whatever reason (I'm guessing because of the loud machine with the giant needle). Personally, I'd love the opportunity to host a few basic sewing classes and maybe lead a sew-a-long. I've even toyed around with the idea of opening a store, but those are pretty big dreams, and there's already a lot of sources out there to learn a new skill. Sewing is definitely a good one to have under your belt.
So go! Go learn!