I am new to stringing. Bought my first machine a few months ago. I have done four racquets so far. On the last job strung all natural gut. I have not found the entire process all that difficult, and even stringing natural gut I did not think was all that more difficult than synthetic gut. The one thing that I am still having a little trouble with (at least doing it quickly) is getting a string through a blocked grommet hole where another string is already in that hole. This is the one thing that is adding significant time to my string jobs (I have a drop weight machine). I eventually get it, but with a lot of failed attempts. I have tried YULitle's tricks of flattening, cutting to a point, and pushing in with pliers with chapstick, and even that takes a while because often the string bends. Maybe I just need more practice. I have even used an awl, but am afraid to use it too often in fear of damaging a string which I have come close to doing on occasion. Does anyone know any other tricks to get a string through a blocked grommet hole other than what YULitle shows on his instructional video? Thanks in advance.