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How to thread my machine

I purchased a second hand Brother sewing machine and it appears to be in very good shape. I am just trying to figure out how to thread it. Please help

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I did not have a Serger, all I have is an old sewing maching but appeared to thread from the left slot and any machine that I have had always threaded from the right side. Anyway, I found a neighbor who was able to figure it out. I would love to get a directional book for the machine if that was possible. The machine is a Brother Model No. VX581.

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