Embroidery is a method of sewing a design completely with thread. This method results in a very detailed and rich product when finished.
The best uses are for higher end clothing, smaller designs, small names/numbers, knit caps and hats, bags and briefcases.
Embroidery has been a popular decoration method for thousands of years, but it was computerized embroidery that changed the game. With computerized machine embroidery, you can essentially just upload your design and the machines do the work.
Once a digital file is made into a .DST format, the file can be transferred to the embroidery machine using a USB cable, flash card or directly from the computer running the software.
Most embroidery machines can have anywhere between 1 and 38 embroidery heads with each head having up to 15 needles per head.