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No question is too basic here.
Poly wire is an excellent choice and what you want to use to get started.
Poly does not have to be stripped to solder.
Plain Enamel, and Heavy Formvar wire, both do need some stripping. (Pulling through folded fine sandpaper, works well)
If you are using a winder with a turns counter, you can just wind the coil and check DCR after winding.
Or check it before cutting the wire at the end.
For a first pickup, I would splice the wire if you break it.
Wire will not birdnest if it breaks.
The wire will stay where you put it.
Anyone else have anything to add please do!