At first, I struggled with the bead knotting tool. Then, I watched the instructional video a few times. With a few hours of practice with cheap glass pearls, I finally have the hang of the tool, which does make good knots. You need to have a light, though firm, touch and to concentrate upon placing the loops correctly. It does take some effort to learn the movements, but the tool really does make knotting easier. I hope to be as fluid as the video instructor after a few projects.