Well I have finally had time to try the Janome. All in all I like it. It was only a quick tryout, another one later perhaps, but it handled felt and fibres famously!
Nothing too strenuous for me at the moment, my emotions are elswhere (http://ssshhhitsasecret.blogspot.com)
Good to hear that some of you are accepting the challenge. Keep me posted with how you are getting on http://needlefeltchallenge.blogspot.com. Don't forget, it's open to owners of Babylock, Janome, Bernina - and any other machine etc
If you want a cautionary tale, have a look here. I can relate exactly to this story!