I drove by a yard once where the gardener was opening up a brand new soaker hose and getting themselves all tangled up in it. Looked like a one-person game of Twister. The coils had them in it's grip and they couldn't lay the thing down without snagging a leg or arm or both.
I pulled over and offered to help them with a little advice about soaker hoses. If you look at a new soaker hose, you can see that it was tightly rolled up at the factory into a coil. So the easiest way to install it is to anchor one end with a brick or something and then unroll it onto the ground down the driveway or across the yard. Once it's unwound and laying down it looses some of its springiness and relaxes enough to be installed where you want it without it grabbing your leg like a boa constrictor.
In the pic below, you can see my right hand man Howard Dunegan unrolling a coil of new soaker hose along a trellis planted with Carolina jessamine (most people pronounce that as "jasmine", but you know we southerners have to add a few syllables).
The picture doesn't show it, but he is also looping the soaker hose once around each plant as he goes. Then the soaker hose and root zone are covered with 2"-3" layer of organic mulch; shredded leaves or shredded bark, etc. Don't put soaker hoses under the soil--the pores will plug up and render it useless.
Here are a few other tips for having success and saving time, water and aggravation with soaker hoses.
1) Put a timer on the spigot--they usually cost about $14. On your way out to work, open up the spigot all the way and set the timer to an hour or two. It'll cut off on its own. You may still worry that you left the oven on (I can't help you there), but at least you can be assured that the irrigation water will turn off. And then monitor conditions; if the soil gets soggy, dial back the time, if plants are wilting in the morning, dial the time up. Freezing weather will cause timers to crack, so bring the them in for the winter. And since they're plastic they might only last 2-3 years, but until someone makes them of metal it's the best way to save money on watering and not have to stand around waiting to turn the spigot off.
2) Some of the soaker hoses come with a blue plastic disc with a tiny hole in it, instead of regular gasket. I throw the blue thing away and put in a regular gasket (they come in sets at a good garden center and every liberated gardener ought to keep a set handy--if you have hoses that leak, it's often an old gasket no longer doing it's job and needing to be replaced.
3) As you're laying the hose down, use metal landscape staples to pin them in place if they want to wiggle around. The staples should be for sale near the landscape fabric. I hook a bunch of them through a belt loop on my pants at my side. That way they're handy and don't poke me if I bend over or squat down. If the soil is very loose, they hold better if they're pinned into the potting soil.
4) To water perennials I just run the soaker hose next to the plant--over or just touching the potting soil. Water from a soaker hose is going to go straight down into the ground--it doesn't spread to the sides much at all, so you've got to get close. And since shrubs and trees need much more water, I loop the hose around them once and make sure it is placed over the root ball.
5) I try to avoid running the soaker hose uphill. I normally run the garden hose to the high part of the bed and start the soaker hose there. Since the soaker hose is leaking water as it goes, if it's running uphill too, more of the water will come out at the bottom end of the hose. If, on the other hand, the soaker hose is running downhill, then you will get more even water distribution.
6) If the house has good water pressure, I've run as many as 6 soaker hoses in a row (or connected with one or more 'Y"s, with no loss of water pressure. If the household water pipes are old and corroded though, you might be better just running one or two hoses end to end.
7) After about a year, a soaker hose's pores can get clogged, so they still deliver water just not as much. But if you've chosen plants well, you won't need to provide irrigation after that first year as the plants will be established and on their own.
So good luck and don't play Twister with a soaker hose if you can help it. :-)