You Tube, About.com, craftster.org, the tutorials list stickied at the top of this page. lots of resources, just keep looking. In person check any fabric or sewing machine repair/sales stores for classes. Check your local listings for quilt guilds, Society of Creative Anachronisms (those are the folks who do renn faire fighting stuff, sew all their own garb), sewing bees (often church groups who do charity sewing) or churches active in mission work for people who can teach you.
Don't have money? offer what you can in return, maybe yard work or house cleaning or baby sitting in exchange for lessons. I've taught three teens to sew in exchange for exactly these services.
And, umm, sorry to break it to you, but you aren't supposed to tie the thread to the needle. when hand sewing pull off a length of thread the length of your arm, 1/3 of the length doubled back after passing through the eye should be sufficient to keep it from slipping out.