Cheating? Poserish??? Not at all. Just a different technique to achieve a similar end.
As a machine knitter and a hand knitter, I do distinguish between the two as hand made and hand knit. Anyone who has ever worked lace manually on a machine can attest to the substantial and at times complicated handwork involved.
But that's more for my convenience than anything else, so I can keep track of how I made something.
Enjoy what you do, however you choose to do it. That's my motto and I'm sticking to it.