After some practise I got the hang of making pasta using gran flour. You need to be able to clamp this to a surface. I ended up buying the motor for this. The machine is solid chromed steel, very good quality with the ability to make pasta sheets and spaghetti. It's awkward to clean afterwards. The motor was disappointing being of plastic construction but does the job - you need to be close to a power socket to use it. The motor makes it so much easier to focus on passing the pasta back and forth.