I have a few of the stitch templates where you punch holes through the template and then go back and stitch. I actually use these more often for patterns for rhinestones that I set with my i-rock tool.
I just got the sew easy tool. Haven't used it on a layout yet, but I have played around and practiced with it. I find the stitch patterns hard to follow for some of the more complex stitches. I manage to make it work, but I'm sure I'm not doing it correctly.