Digitizing; Digitizing embroidery is the term used for turning an image into an embroidery design, this requires special software and the process can be anything from fairly simple to quite complex. Some skills and practice are necessary to become proficient in digitizing. This process was once known as punching as the person creating the design would have to punch holes in paper to give the correct instructions to the machine. Thank goodness for technology.
Hooping; Hooping or hooping up is the process of placing the item to be embroidered into the hoop for the embroidery machine. This can take some practice but it will become second nature to the persistent embroiderer.
Stabilizer; stabilizer or backing is placed in the hoop with the item to be hooped in order to keep the fabric stable as the embroidery machine moves it around. There are many different kinds of stabilizers and different fabrics will require a different type.
Embroidery designs; Machine embroidery designs are the digitized image that can be sent to the embroidery machine in order to be stitched out, they are also referred to as embroidery patterns.
Embroidery design formats; there are many different design formats for embroidery, the type of format that is required will depend on the embroidery machine being used. The most commonly used format is PES. Most embroidery design download sites will have the designs in a variety of formats.
Embroidery machine; and embroidery machine will sometimes be referred to as an embroidery sewing machine, however, there are many embroidery machines that are purely for the purpose of embroidery and cannot be used for sewing.