You don't have to have a pasta maker to make homemade pasta. But it sure does make it fun! I use one of these classic roller pasta machines, and it's a simple, well-made object. The key to rolling out pasta dough is having good dough without air bubbles. But the heavy rollers and sharp blades on this machine hold up their end. It's a good price, too, for all the kitchen fun that comes with rolling out your own homemade pasta dough.