We are enthusiastic weekend cooks, my husband and I, and love to cook "around the world". Italian is one of our favorites, but we never made our own pasta. I finally decided to get this machine, and it has opened up endless possibilities! We already made ravioli, fettuccine, tortellini and all of it with easy and perfectly without the slightest difficulty. I am so glad we chose the machine with motor, because you have both hands free that way and can really run the pasta sheets through all settings with ease! We are thrilled about this machine!