After meeting with a few designers and artists who do Embroidery design, and seeing scanned, embroidered designs by famous designers slowly take over design blogs as a means of expression in itself, I am thinking about getting into it and eventually offering it as a design service to my clients (to create branded collateral, along with other "easy" products like prints, stickers, etc) - or simply as a way to show ideas.
However, it seems that few machines and software are compatible with Mac OS. I understand that it is a difficult design process, requiring much effort and has a learning curve, and that no app will "do it for you".
However, before going any further into this project, since it will likely require paid for apps and expensive hardware, I would like to know of proper workflows that exist and are compatible with Mac OS.
What is a proper Mac-based workflow for Embroidered designs, from creating the PES files to exporting to the machine?
[Not asking for a tutorial, obviously - just to better understand what tools exist and can work in my workflow, and also to budget accordingly].