Just for the hell of it, today I set up Easel with a similar font (Baskerville) to the one I've been using in VCarve and tried to cut the text using Easel. The D.O.C and all the other parameters were the same as I've been using. The quality from that effort was much, much worse than any other cut I've done so far.
Also, the "simulation" in Easel said the text cut would take 3 minutes. I aborted the carve 11 hours later when it said it was only at 56% complete.
Next cut I'm going to try is going to have the feed rate set at 10ipm and I may try and convert the text to curves in VCarve before I start the cut. I'm also going to check the voltage on the pots for the stepper motors before I start my next attempt.