First a sellers note: They sent me this broken. The ring bearing on the fettuccine roller was detached and clanging inside the machine. I didn't know that when I first used the machine, when I tried to roll pasta through the fettuccine part of the machine and it didn't roll, I just thought I didn't know how to use the machine well enough. Fortunately, I was able to unscrew the machine, get to that part, and fix it.
After my first use of this machine I was ready to give it away and buy an attachment for my Kitchen aid. It was my first time ever making homemade pasta so I had zero experience with pasta dough, or this pasta maker. The whole experience was daunting. Rolling the pasta dough was awkward, and the noodles I did get out were sticking together and not at all beautiful. Recently I started researching attachments and gadgets to replace the Atlas. I read so many reviews and a lot of them gave suggestions about the pasta dough. I decided to give my Atlas one more try. This time I focused on the dough. I weighed the ingredients (10oz flour, eggs-2 whole eggs weighing 4.0 oz and 4 yolks 2.5 oz) to make sure I was precise, and this time rather than add water because the dough appeared dry, I kneaded the dough by hand until all the ingredients came together. Trust me on this: My dough seemed to be way too dry. But I kneaded through my doubts without adding anymore water and the dough came together perfectly. After letting the dough rest for about an hour, the dough was smooth perfection! I couldn't believe it! I set up the Atlas this time I anchored it to my counter top (I didn't do that the first time), and then began rolling the dough 3 times on each setting starting with 0 and ending with 6! The rolled sheets were a thing of beauty! I couldn't believe how different the entire experience was. Rolling was daunting the first time I tried it on this machine, but with the right dough, it was easy and effortless. In fact, I remember thinking the first time I used the Atlas that I needed three hands to even make rolling pasta comfortable. But this time, it was so easy and smooth, I rolled and passed the rolled sheets through the fettuccine and spaghetti rollers in less than 30 minutes. Two hands were more than enough. The pasta turned out beautiful and delicious! I'm still going to buy the 3 piece Kitchen aid roller attachments, but only because I think it will speed up the process. But truth be told, if time were not a commodity in my home, the Atlas is really all I would need. If you start with a good dough, the machine really does all the rest. Clean up is easy with a perfect dough nothing sticks to the machine. I love this machine, I've used it 3 times this week alone! In fact a friend of mine came over for dinner last night and after having the pasta that I hand rolled on this machine she begged me to host a pasta making party with her, her 4yr old daughter, and my 4yr old, so I am. I have no doubt that our girls will be able to roll the dough on this machine.