I have used the drill very successfully. You just put it in and then I have a variable speed drill and hold the ribbon tightly and it goes quickly. I have ahd to undo it a couple of times but it is so much easier to me I can do tons of dowels quickly. My daughters who are 16 can do them easily with the drill too. The good thing is if you mess up you just push the drill to go in reverse and start over! I am sure you can do this! It is just like anythign else, practice makes perfect!