Hello, MJ ! I am almost in the same situation. I started to learn this field when I got for my Birthday a sew-embroidering machine. It was delivered with basic embroidery software and about 100 ready designs. I started with studying this software possibilities and sew transformed and combined embroideries. I started with theory and practice at the same time. It is very convenient to have such a machine at home. You can start it as some hobby and grow your experience.
P.S. If you like I can send a link to 6 video basic lessons how to use an embroidering machine.