I don't have the Artistic, but I have owned 2 Janome machines, a 6500 and a year ago purchased a 9800. I have been very happy with both of them. As I recall there was a comparison of the 9400 and 9800 of features. You might try to see if there is a Janome chat site and ask your question there. Just an FYI I do believe they are a workhorse of a machine.
Let us know what you decide.
Sharon in warm Colorado
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