I had attempted making bows by hand and was just not getting it. Any directions i found online were unclear or had no pictures to go with them! I had looked at the Bowdabra before and tossed around the idea of getting one but this time i really needed it. The need being that i wanted to make pew bows for my wedding. I purchased it (very affordable!) and that night finished 14 pew bows! The accompanying DVD was a considerable help and the ideas presented were amazing! I look forward to making more bows with my Bowdabra!