That statement always makes me scratch my head. Having never made pasta before, I did not posses the knowledge of the consistency to be desired. So it's times like that when I have learned to just wing it and hope I can figure it out.
I played with the dough, ran it through the roller several times and parts of it kept falling apart. I separated it into smaller pieces and kept trying adding little drops of water...hoping. I was able to get about half of the dough to work and honestly, I my motivation petered out and I gave up on the other half. Oh well.
The cutting and throwing into the salted, boiling water was my favorite part and they came out beautifully!
David liked the noddles, he said he couldn't tell that they were any different from something that one would buy. He meant it as a compliment, because at least they weren't totally inedible. However, if making pasta from scratch does not elevate the noodle to whole higher plain in flavor and texture then why bother? It was cheaper, yes, but the effort involved negates that point I think. I don't know, maybe I'll pull the machine out again in a few months. Maybe homemade spaghetti noddles are the absolute bee's knees. But, then again, maybe I have enough other things to do... :)