Welcome @SeanMelchiorre, I’ve been an X-carve owner for a little over 3 years and Still a Self proclaimed novice. But there are plenty of PROs on here that are more than willing to give you help and advice. My advice to you is to watch all the Machine assembly video’s, Then when you think you’ve got it, WATCH THEM AGAIN ! LOL I was going to have my buddies help assembly the X-Carve, But one gave me some tough love and told me I should do it myself. I’m A disabled Veteran and although it seemed harsh at the time, I did as my battle buddy suggested. MAN am I Soo Glad I did !! Before, when I read through the forum, everything seemed to be written in french. Now I actually know what their talking about.
Besides Assembly videos, I don’t know if your Sugar Momma will go for it but, I would suggest Vcarve software. Although Easel is advancing, I still do all my work from Vcarve.
Good Luck to you, Sam