Before I purchased an industrial bread dough mixer, I used my old bread machine to mix the dough. This was much better than mixing the dough by hand.
If I had the time, after mixing the dough in the machine, I would place it on a pan and let it rise and then bake in the oven. I like the taste of the fresh bread better when it is baked in a conventional oven than in the bread machine.
My industrial bread mixer is wonderful though. It can make several loaves of bread at once and even grinds the grain so I really have fresh bread.