Jackets are too thick to hoop traditionally. Magnetic hoops will hold down these thick jackets without pinching the thick lining that will ultimately pop out during sewing. On thicker jackets, a heavy gauge 80/12 needle will keep from breaking when penetrating through the jacket.
When embroidery is the solution on lighter outerwear, use a special backing or easy cut, 2.5-oz. stabilizer to help reduce distortion. Typically it’s best to use a smaller gauged 65/9 needle which is great for detail and it doesn’t perforate the edges of the image. On fuzzy or furry outerwear, use topping to hold down the fibers to keep them from pushing through the fill stitching and to keep the detail stitching from sinking in.