After the kids went to bed last night I finally got brave enough to try free-motion quilting on my new machine. It took a few tweeks with the thread tension and sewing speed, but once it was just right I was totally amazed-- I could never get even stitches on my old machine like this.
Even the back looks good. No eyelashing!
Granted, this is a mini quilt and only about the size of a placemat so it was easy to keep control of things. But I'm relieved to see good results. There is a yahoo group for the Janome Horizon that has seemed to focus on problems more than successes. If you've been looking and seen these too, don't be discouraged. After a few weeks of reading I've come to see that a lot of the issues stem from not adjusting the machine's settings, and there are more glowing reports every day on what the machine can do. Leah Day of the fabulous 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting just bought one too! I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a new machine.