After much inner debate I finally decided to bite the bullet and attempt to machine quilt on my beloved Janome Heart Sewing Machine. After using a walking foot to do the "plowing" or rows on my altered Dunkard Path blocks with a John Deere theme; I dropped the feed dogs and took off with the free motion. It truly does get easier after a little practice. I was able to keep my stitches pretty much the same length by using my turtle govenor and going slower than usual. No expensive stitch regulator for me! I will try this again.