A machine wound pickup, is turned by a motor, and a Traverse device automatically guides the wire, Thus Machine wound.
**Most guys that get started in winding already have a lot of tools and such.
I already had a full shop, and lots of tools.
If you are completely starting from scratch, and have nothing, I would just buy pickups.
Perhaps buy someones hand winds.
Most of the guys on here sell pickups.
You can pay whatever amount you want, a little or a lot!
As far as winding one completely by hand, I had rather have a Root Canal!