After much deliberation over many months I finally caved recently and got myself a stringing machine. I researched here as much as I could and got an amazing amount of help from Mark A before finally deciding on a Pro's Pro Pilot with some Universal clamps to replace the tennis ones supplied. I also got 100m of cheap string to practice with. It arrived Friday last week and I got it set up the next day and that afternoon I set off on my first attempt. I don't have anyone who can directly help me so it was up to youtube and any other interwebz help I could get. Thanks Kwun for the guide on starting the mains with fixed clamps, and to the guy with his washing up bowl and rope on youtube who taught me how to tie a finished knot As with a first attempt at anything, we had some teething problems (and it of course took an obscenely long time). My two main disasters were: 1) After (extremely carefully) making sure I had both halves on the mains of equal length when starting, I somehow managed to end up with a long bit and a short bit by the end. I think I must have not clamped one of the fixed clamps at the bottom early on so it moved. Didn't have enough to finish on side. Started again. 2) I didn't really understand the stringing patterns that well with nobody to explain so I just set off on my merry way. I weaved and tensioned all the mains sequentially. When I tried to work out how to finish, I found a full tutorial for stringing a whole racket and realised the end of the pattern calls for you to skip grommets and come back on yourself. Only a partial undo and redo this time! Despite my mess ups, I worked very methodically and whilst I know it is of course not up to a good stringer's standards, I think the final result was actually fairly decent for a first time. Super busy with Uni at the moment so I've not had a chance to have a second practice run yet but I've definitely learnt a huge amount from my first go and I think next time should go a lot more smoothly. I sort of maybe promised Mark a video but I've not really got the equipment to film and upload one at the moment (also who wants to sit through 2+ hours of me being useless ). You'll have to make do with a picture for now. If there are any obvious mistakes, which wouldn't surprise me in the slightest of course, feel free to point them out. I'm not sure the pattern is actually quite right, since as I said I was a bit confused at the time (understand it now though). Here's the picture of my 'work': The strings look dodgy as hell, looking at it now. Is that down to my poor technique or just that they haven't been played with/had a chance to settle? It's a Wilson Prostaff 100 (old cheap racket I have that I'm not worried about breaking) strung with Hiqua HQ B-696 at 22x24lbs for anyone remotely interested. Hopefully will get a video at some point in future when it's a more manageable amount of time and I've found the lead for my camera. Well done to anyone who read this far, I apologise for the chunk of time you spent reading this that you'll never get back. Quite a wall of text I've produced. If anyone is even remotely interested, I'll keep this updated. Happy stringing!