thanks for the responses ladies. I should have been more specific, my machine has the capacity to thread the needle for you, that's the part I couldn't figure out how to use. I went to the shop it came from the next day and they showed me.
however, I do need to get a pair of those "cheater" glasses, as I've heard them referred to, I've just been in denial! LOL I have used some of the tricks mentioned to manually thread my needle, putting the paper behind the needle is my favorite. thanks for your responses!!