I am happy to report that I found out how and successfully learned how to thread my new sewing machine thanks to the man at the sewing machine where I bought it, all the way down in Alabama. He was patient with me and it worked.
Then later I was having trouble getting the reverse to work. Nothing in the manual gave me any idea how to trouble shoot this. So..... this time I called the Brother Sewing Machine company help line. The lady there explained there was a switch on the back I should check. It was in the proper place but I decided to turn it off and on and suddenly it decided to work.
So if you decide to buy a Brother Sewing Machine you can be sure you will get help, easily, when you need it.
In the next couple of days I want to start on some sewing projects. Yesterday I did some practice stitching. There are a LOT of great stitches included in the machine so here is a picture of my samples. Not too fancy, just wanted to make sure they all worked.