Ioline 300 System Appliqué and Sports Lettering Cutter

Ioline 300 System Appliqué and Sports Lettering Cutter


Versatile cutting & digitizing system
Give your business the competitive edge!

More decorative apparel, embroiderers and promotional products companies use the Ioline 300 System applique and sports letter cutter more than any other letter cutting machine. Companies large and small report that after putting an Ioline 300 System applique and sports letter cutter in their workroom, production time decreases, lead time drops and output jumps – sometimes doubling or more. Running a typical 25 sweatshirt job with letters cut on a 300 System can save two hours compared to the same embroidery-only design!

Read Oak Tree Embroidery’s story to learn how the 300 system can shorten your production time and increase your profits.

It’s all part of the profit equation.
lower costs + higher output = more profit

Stretch your artistic genius

Ioline 300 sample designs

If you’re like the typical Ioline 300 System applique cutter owner, you chose this business because you enjoy creative work. The 300 System gives you greater artistic license—and frees you to offer designs not found in your service bureau’s or competitor’s catalogues.

The clear choice for in-house production of appliqué and sports letters

The 300 System’s small footprint and ease of installation make it an ideal solution for cutting in-house graphics. Compared to other cutting systems, it offers the best combination of profit potential and versatility at the lowest cost.

How can the 300 System help you?

To evaluate whether an Ioline 300 System Applique vinyl letter cutter can help your business, consider the following:

  • LOST PROFIT: If you pay a service bureau more than $138 per month for pre-cut letters or graphics, you’re losing profit. A 300 can save over $10,000 per year if all of your lettering and sew disks are currently outsourced.
  • LEAD TIME: When your suppliers can’t deliver materials in time, do you lose orders and/or clients?
  • HIGH MARGINS: If you don’t use appliqué on embroidered designs, you could be missing out on as much as 50% or more of your potential profit.
  • PRODUCTION TIME: For every fully stitched design you produce—had you used appliqué—you could have spent as much as half the time stitching another profit-generating job. A typical 25 sweatshirt job with letters cut on a 300 System can save two hours compared to the same embroidery-only design.
  • WASTE: How often does your service bureau misinterpret your instructions or waste yardage when cutting custom designs?
  • IMPULSE SALES: Few customers can visualize finished designs. How many new jobs could you earn if you could quickly create inexpensive samples on the spot?
  • EXCESS INVENTORY: Do you often have leftover letters and numbers because you had to order pre-cut multiples you didn’t need?
  • MARKET DIFFERENTIATION: Can you offer unique, affordable designs that aren’t easily found across town?
  • OVER CAPACITY: Does stitch time limit the number of jobs you can do in a day?
  • DISAPPOINTED CUSTOMERS: Do your customers ask for faster turn-around, then cringe when you tell them the estimated additional cost? Or ask for design modifications that you are unable to provide?
  • LOST JOBS: Do suppliers’ minimum order policies force you to set minimums? Do you lose smaller jobs because your customers can’t afford or justify the price?

The Ioline 300 System could be the best business investment you ever make.

Ioline 350HF System

If you need to cut chenille, thick leather, industrial or other dense materials, the Ioline 350HF System may be a better fit. Except for cutting force, it’s identical to the 300. Learn more about the 350HF System »
350 System appliqué cutter

Appliqué Production
Compare the Ioline 300/350HF to Other Cutters

300 350HF Systems
Laser Cutter Die Cutter

Cutter type

Knife (blade) Laser beam Swing-arm “clicker” press

Cut quality / accuracy

Highly accurate Clean cuts, smooth curves. Highly accurate Clean cuts, smooth curves. May singe or discolor edges of fabric. PVC in fabric causes problems with optics. Laser wattage is critical to cutting power. Less expensive, under-powered lasers are unable to cut some materials and fabrics of certain colors. This is because a laser beam is made up of light and thus can reflect light when striking certain colors, thereby reducing cutting strength. Less accurate Clean cuts, smooth curves. Material can slip, resulting in distorted cuts and approximately 15% waste.

Design flexibility

High Easy and inexpensive to create custom designs. High Easy and inexpensive to create custom designs. Limited Very expensive to create custom designs. Must purchase a new die for each design.


Yes Up to 9 layers Possible with some models Fabric color can impact cut quality. Laser beam must be adjusted before cutting each layer, adding production time. No

Cutting area
(W x L)

18 x 30 in
61 x 92 cm
16 x 12 in* 41 x 31 cm * Larger sizes available at higher price points 12 x 12 in* 31 x 31 cm * Larger sizes available at higher price points

Approx. dimensions
(W x L x H)

24 x 36 x 12 in
(61 x 114 x 31 cm)
15 x 19 x 4 in and larger
(37 x 48 x 10 cm)
19 x 12 x 13 in and larger
48 x 31 x 33 cm

Hourly production capacity (throughput)

700 3″ letter “E”s Varies by manufacturer, laser power and available cutting area Varies by manufacturer

Digitizing software

Included free 301 digitizing software None None

Stitch editing capabilities

Yes No No

Sew disk capabilities

Yes No No

Approx. retail cost

$5,995/$6,795 $10,000 – $75,000
(plus cost of building modifications & ventilation system to meet safety codes).
$3,000 – $12,500 and up

Approx. installation costs

None Installation is identical to that of an office printer and thousands of dollars less expensive than a laser cutter to install and maintain. Varies Air filter kit ($2,000 – $3,000) or building modifications (typically $200 – $500) required for ventilation to exhaust dangerous fumes; $300 to $1,500 for inside filters; Installation of a regulated power source, Class I safety enclosure for CO2 laser beam; Class 3R for red laser pointer. None

Approx. cost of digitizing software

FREE $2,500 – $9,000 $2,500 – $9,000

Approx. cost of design software (optional for producing custom vector art)

$100 – $700 $100 – $700 $100 – $700

Approx. periodic service costs

None $800 to $7,000 to replace laser tube with an average of $2,500 (every 3-5 years, typically)
Other periodic maintenance: lens adjustment, weekly lens optics cleaning to remove residue caused
by fumes; Belts and bearings serviced every 6 to 18 months. Replacement filters: $200 – $300.
Cost varies Periodic sharpening and replacement of dies as they wear out. A 3-inch letter “E” runs about $60 for the die.

Approx. other Costs

Blades ($15 ea.), Sticky Sheets ($13 ea.),
Optional Backing for Light Materials ($3 per yd.)

Learning curve

Learn in an hour 3 to 5 days initial training; 90 days to get fully up to speed. Learn in a few hours.


Gain control over lead time & margins No excess inventory. More profit.

300 System Features

Customers love the look of appliqué for its original and eye-catching appearance. Now you can create custom letters and decorative apparel graphics affordably in your shop using the Ioline 300 System.

Cuts a wide variety of materials
The 300 System cuts virtually any fabric up to .090 in (2.286 mm) thick to enhance corporate, promotional, team and custom products (see sample list below). Loosely woven fabrics, 4-way stretch or materials that fray easily may require an adhesive backing for stability. If there’s any concern, Ioline is happy to cut samples prior to purchase. Simply contact Customer Service to arrange to submit swatches for testing.

  • 3M® reflectives
  • Cottons: plaids, seersucker, prints
  • Denim
  • Faux fur
  • Felt
  • Fleece (up to 7 oz)
  • Gasket material
  • Gorilla Grip®
  • Heat-transfer film
  • Holographics
  • Leather (thin)
  • Naugahyde
  • Nylon
  • Nylon mesh
  • Oil board
  • Oil cloth
  • Poly/Spandex (with or w/out sequins)
  • Pile
  • Plastic (thin)
  • Silk
  • Stencils
  • Synthetic window screen
  • Tag board
  • Thermo-FILM®
  • Thermo-FLOCK®
  • Thermo-GRIP II®
  • Twill: poly, metallic, designer lamay, glacier
  • Ultrasuede®
  • Vinyl: sign, marine grade, calendar, high-performance
  • Wool
350HF System

If you want to cut chenille, thick leather, industrial or other dense materials, the Ioline 350HF (High Force) System may be a better fit. The higher cutting force of the 350HF allows you to cut heavier materials. Learn more about the 350HF System »
350 System appliqué cutter

Large cutting area

Designed for high production output.

  • 18 x 30 inch (46 x 76 centimeter) cutting tray.
  • Cut one copy or many: the 300 System quickly determines how many copies will fit on the tray and helps you control waste.
  • Cut material up to about one-half inch from each edge.
High hourly throughput
  • 3-in letters: 700 pieces / hour
  • 4-in letters: 600 pieces / hour
  • 6-in letters: 500 pieces / hour
Design Software & Embroidery Compatibility.

Create your own sew disks. The 300 System produces outline stitch instructions for:

  • Barudan® (.DAT, .0UI)
  • Brother® (.DST)
  • Happy® (.DST)
  • Melco® (.EXP)
  • SWF® (.SWF)
  • Tajima® (.DST)
  • Toyota® (.TOY)
  • and others…

Create designs in just 5 easy steps:
  • STEP 1:

    Select a stock design or create your own in a vector-based drawing program (e.g. Adobe Illustrator®, CorelDRAW!® or embroidery software). For kiss-cut graphics, place all pieces to be cut from the same fabric layer on its own digital “layer”. Optimize for appliqué by removing unneeded “nodes” ( “points”) along each line segment.

  • STEP 2:

    Import the design into Ioline’s 301 Software and select the number of copies you wish to cut. As you would on an office printer, set your margins.

  • STEP 3:

    Cut the design on the 300 System cutter.

  • STEP 4

    (For heat-transfer, skip to Step 5):

    Create outline stitch sew instructions with 301 Software. Choose placement, tack-down, zigzag, satin or bean outline stitches. Set stitch density, width and edge overlap. Import into your embroidery. Set any fill stitches.

  • STEP 5:

    Heat-press your transfer designs onto a garment or finished good—or sew placement stitches using the instructions created by 301 Software, then position your appliqué graphic and stitch it in place with the decorative stitches specified on the sew disk.

Improve customer service
Encourage repeat business and turn your customers into evangelists. Word-of-mouth advertising is the best promotion you can get. With the Ioline 300 System you can offer:

  • Greater choice
  • More interesting designs
  • Easy customization
  • Cost-effective samples while customers wait
  • No minimums
  • Faster delivery
Make more profit $$
Cut your costs and improve margins.

  • Reduce your per piece cost on pre-cut graphics (for instance, tackle twill runs about 2 cents per square inch).  A 300 can save over $10,000 per year if all of your lettering and sew disks are currently outsourced.
  • Save stitches, reduce trims and color changes.
  • Increase output/hour and finish more jobs in a day.
  • Eliminate the expense of sew disks.
  • Reduce excess inventory. Don’t be forced to buy packages of multiples. Cut only what you need.
  • Spend less on materials and production time, charge more for finished goods. Customers are willing to pay a premium for appliqué.
Double your output

Appliqué can reduce production time by as much as two-fold or more. A typical 25 sweatshirt job with letters cut on a 300 System can save two hours compared to the same embroidery-only design.

  • Replace stitches with fabric and finish more goods per hour.
  • Use adhesive-backed materials to sandwich or “kiss-cut” multiple layers as one graphic, assuring accurate positioning and reducing the time required to heat press or sew down.
  • Reduce trims and color changes by replacing thread colors with appliqué.
Includes digitizing software

The 300 System comes with a free, easy-to-use digitizing program. Use 301 Software to import and cut designs, edit stitches and create sew disks. Stitch editing capabilities include:

  • Move, convert jump to trim, add or delete lock stitches.
  • Specify placement, tack-down, zigzag or satin outline stitches.
  • Set stitch density, width and edge overlap.
  • Specify top or bottom start point.
Design software compatibility
  • Adobe Illustrator®
  • Barudan®
  • Brother®
  • CoCut®
  • CorelDraw!®
  • Draw!Mate®
  • EasySIGN®
  • FlexiSign®
  • Happy®
  • Melco®
  • Signlab®
  • Signwizard®
  • SWF®
  • Tajima®
  • Toyota®
  • Requirements: A PC running Windows® 7, 8, or 10.
  • Connectivity: Plugs into a PC just like an office printer-via serial or USB port.
Installation requirements

The compact 300 System fits easily into studio spaces.

  • Footprint: 24 in deep x 36 in wide (61 cm x 92 cm). Requires 9 inches of clearance in front and back of machine for unobstructed tray movement.
  • Architectural considerations: None. Power requirements are lower than that for a PC. Unlike die cutters and laser cutters, there’s no need to modify your building nor install ventilation to meet safety regulations. Installation is as easy as hooking up a new printer.
  • Sticky sheets: Adhesive sheets hold material in place for cutting. Lint build up can be washed off with warm water to extend sheet life.
  • Blades: Durable, carbon-tip blades assure clean cuts and smooth curves. Blade depth adjusts to handle materials of varying thicknesses.

There’s relatively little to maintain on the 300 System.

  • NO Lubrication: No oiling or grease required. Simply wipe dust and lint off the machine periodically.
  • NO Spray adhesives:Never spray adhesives near the 300 System, as the aerosol can drift inside the system and cause damage.
  • Blades: Use a can of compressed air to remove lint build-up around the blade.
  • Sticky sheets: Use soap and water to periodically clean off lint. Once one side of the sheet looses its tackiness, flip it over to use the opposite side. Felt and other loose-fiber materials impact sheet life more than twill and other tightly woven fabrics.

Spec Sheet


300 System Specifications

300 System Metric English
Cutting Area 46 cm x 76 cm 18 in x 30 in
Requires 9 inch clearance front and back for tray movement.
61 cm x 92 cm 24 in x 36 in
Height 31 cm 12 in
Width 114 cm 45 in
Depth 61 cm 24 in
Weight 34 kg 75 lbs
 Connectivity Connects to PC via serial or USB port
Power Requirements Universal power supply
90–264VAC, 47–66 Hz
(Meets CE specifications)


300 System

These products are used with the Ioline 300 sports lettering and appliqué fabric cutting system.

  • Blades
  • Sheets and Backing
  • Accessories


In their own words

300 and 350HF System owners describe experiences with their Ioline cutter

Our 300 is a great asset to our company. It has opened a lot of doors for us. We have owned it for 7 or 8 years and nothing has gone wrong.

Moorpark, CA   

I LOVE my Ioline. The cut twill numbers make me the most money of anything that I do, so I am glad I bought it at the beginning and didn’t wait. I am doing 222 jerseys right now.

Aside from the twill-embellished sweatshirts, this is my favorite work. It’s demanding, but I’m getting fast, and everything I create looks great.

Bellevue, Neb.   

The Ioline has sure been effective in creating excitement in appliqué and tackle twill—seeing is believing.

I purchased the Ioline system because I wanted to be able to cut my own appliqué. I wanted more control after one company wasted most of my $30/yd. fabric.

Weare, N.H.   

The Ioline Cutter* has increased our bottom line significantly.

Homewood, Ill.   

It has cut my expenses in half. Now I don’t have to wait for orders, or worry whether they’re right or not.

Fort Wayne, Indiana   

We get better results with the Ioline 300 Cutter* than with a laser or waterjet.”

Mountlake Terrace, Wash.   

It’s been one of the best investment decisions I’ve made! The more I have the cutter in my shop, the more I realize what I can accomplish with it. With the the amount of Twill we do, in combination with embroidery, the cutter was well worth the investment.”

Inver Grove Heights, Minn.   

I do tons of baseball jerseys and I use the heck out of it (300 machine).

Alba, MO   

I am experiencing great success with my Ioline cutter and having a record-breaking month. I’ve sold so many sweatshirts, cheer uniforms, jackets-it’s crazy. Tackle twill just sells itself. They’re buying these sweats in the middle of the worst heat wave we have had in years! THANK GOD I have a few weeks till I have to deliver.

Oakley, Calif.   

My 300 is great! I let it run all the time, I really do not know how you can make money without one.

Flower Mound, TX   

It’s the best investment I ever made.

Houston, Texas   

We are excited to have added the 350 to our equipment line. In just after two hours of setup and training, we started producing very nice quality apparel.

Walton, KY   

Well worth the investment. Stands up to anything we throw at it.

Mokena, Illinois   

The Ioline 300 is a workhorse!

I have owned my Ioline for about 3 years and, likewise, do not digitize. I only use the Ioline to cut letters for tackle twill which are created in Corel Draw then exported to the Ioline software for cutting and creating a stitch file. The Ioline works great and for me was one of the best business investments I have made. I figure it paid for itself in about 6 months!

Mound, MN   

The Ioline is great! We use it every day.

Salem, Oregon   

Learning the Ioline cutter software is a breeze. I was cutting the day the equipment arrived. It’s the only piece of equipment that I’ve purchased that does exactly what they say it will do and is easy to learn and operate.

Apple Valley, Minn.   

Cut our delivery time from one week to hours.

Rocky Mount, Va.   

I love my machine. I’m covered with new contract work as well as school logo appliqué work. The 300 System cuts so much faster than I ever thought possible.

Louisville, Ky.   

I make more money with the Ioline than with my embroidery machine. I cut the design and slap it on while people wait. They love that I can do whatever they want.

Tulsa, Okla.   

The Ioline Cutter* works great – we love it. We’re also excited about the auto-stitching feature.

Arvada, Colo.   

I love my appliqué cutter- It is a little workhorse- Saves me money from buying at Stahl’s– It has really helped profit margins.

Pahrump, Nevada   

We do a lot of shirts with big 6-7 inch round bowling balls. Embroidery adds a lot of stitches, but the 300 lowers the stitch count and adds interest to the shirt. It also saves time doing embroidery.

Pagosa Springs, Colo.   

My Ioline 300 just keeps making great products.

Marquette, MI   

The cutter is of excellent quality and it’s allowing me to provide a unique product in my area.

Kingston, Ontario   

We’ve eliminated the time spent waiting for pieces cut by an outside supplier, enabling us to get jobs others have to turn down.

Rockwall, Texas