Months after purchasing this pasta machine, I finally got it out of the box to make some homemade pasta and I am delighted with the result. For the price, the machine is a very pleasant surprise--sturdy, heavy and easy to use. All parts were in working order, but I did have to hold the knob to change that changes the thickness to keep it from slipping back tto the thickest setting. Mind you, it might have been that my dough was not properly kneaded. I made some fine linguine and some thicker fettucine using a hybrid recipe for basic pasta (Mario Batali + Jamie Oliver) and I am very happy with it, especially for a first attempt (both making pasta and using the machine). I've read the other reviews. Since this is written after only one use, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I won't have to revise it, but tonight, my family and I are really pleased. (By the way, my 6-year old had a blast cranking out the linguine with the cutting rollers!) This could turn out to be a real asset on snowy, winter weekend afternoons.