I used an older, no-frills sewing machine to sew the waxed canvas parts so that I could afterwards clean the interior of the sewing machine without worrying about electronic parts. One project use on the sewing needle so as to eliminate future issues with wax in the machine or on future projects. I used a Q-tip dipped in acetone nail polish remover to clean the bobbin area and the take-up parts near the needle. I also made sure to clean any lint out of the bobbin area before and after sewing the waxed canvas. Consult with your sewing machine dealer as to the best way to clean your machine. Kit has all the fabric pieces cut to size. The hardware is identified and individually wrapped. Leather handle, straps, and washers are already cut to size with holes punched. It is easy to follow the video directions here on Bluprint or the referenced video links in the printed pattern that are with the kit.