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AURIfil Thread Facts
 
Different Weights for Various Uses

Cotton Mako' 80wt

Aurifil’s 100% Cotton 80wt thread is one of the newest members of the Aurifil family. Introduced in 2016, it is available in 88 vibrant, luxurious colors showcased on beautiful cherry wooden spools. Such a thin thread is perfect for a variety of techniques, including English Paper Piecing, Hand Applique, Machine Embroidery, Machine Applique, Free Motion Quilting, Free Motion Couching, and more.

Uses:
English Paper Piecing, Hand Appliqué, Machine Embroidery, Machine Appliqué, Free Motion Quilting, Free Motion Couching

Needle Recommendations:

  • 70/10 or 80/12 Microtex/Sharp or Embroidery Needle (80wt in the bobbin)
  • #10 hand sewing needle
Tips: For hand sewing, use a short length of thread, around 12”-18” to reduce tangling and breaking.

Available on small spools of 300 yards (274 mt) in 88 colors

Cotton Mako' 50wt/2 Ply

Aurifil’s 50wt thread is our most versatile and most popular Cotton thread. It is available in all 270 of our Cotton colors, and is wound on our iconic orange spool. The 50wt is strong and thin, and results in remarkably flat and crisp seams. While it is wonderful for piecing, subtle quilting & topstitching, and English Paper Piecing it also works incredibly well for Needle Turn Applique, Bobbin and Machine Lace, Machine Applique (Straight Stitch, ZigZag, Blind Hem and Blanket Stitch,) Machine Embroidery, Dense Machine Quilting, Subtle Machine and Longarm Quilting, Basting, Whole Cloth and Micro Quilting, and Dense Background Designs.

Uses:
Needle Turn Applique, English Paper Piecing, Hand Piecing, Bobbin and Machine Lace, Machine Applique (Straight Stitch, Zig Zag, Blind Hem, and Blanket Stitch), Machine Embroidery, Dense Machine Quilting, Subtle Machine and Longarm Quilting, Basting, Whole Cloth and Micro Quilting, Dense Background Designs.

Needle Recommendations:

  • 80/12 Microtex/Sharp, Universal, Quilting, or Denim Needles (50wt in the bobbin)
  • 4.0 Longarm Needle (50wt in the bobbin)
Available in 270 colors on Cones, Large Spools, and small Spools

Cotton Mako' 40wt/2 Ply

Aurifil’s 100% Cotton 40wt thread is available in all 270 of our Cotton colors and is wound on a green spool. Because of its slightly thicker weight, it is perfect for use with sewing bags, toys or dolls, garments, or when a more defined topstitching or quilting pattern is desired. It is also terrific for Single, Double or Triple Strand Cross Stitch, Hand Piecing, Bobbin and Machine Lace, Machine Applique, Machine Embroidery, Edge-to-Edge, Pantographs, and Custom Longarm Quilting.

Uses:
Single, Double or Triple Strand Cross Stitch, Hand Piecing, Bobbin and Machine Lace, Machine Applique, Machine Embroidery, Edge-toEdge, Pantographs, Custom Longarm Quilting.

Needle Recommendations:

  • 80/12 Microtex/Sharp, Universal, or Denim Needle (40wt or 50wt in the bobbin)
  • 90/14 or 75/11 Quilting Needle (40wt or 50wt in the bobbin)
  • 3.5 or 4.0 Longarm Quilting Needle (50wt in the bobbin)
Available in 270 colors on small Spools, large spools and Cones. (I don't sell the small spools in this weight)

Cotton Mako' 12 wt./2 Ply

Aurifil’s 100% Cotton 12wt thread comes in all 270 of our Cotton colours and is wound on a red spool. It is the heaviest weight thread that we offer and is perfect for hand applique, hand embroidery, hand quilting, cross stitch, embellishment, handmade lace, machine applique, blanket stitch, machine embroidery (especially for designs that use a longer stitch length), machine art quilting, Sashiko, redwork, lower looper serging, and longarm quilting.

Uses:
Hand Appliqué, Hand Embroidery, Hand Quilting, Cross Stitch, Embellishment and Lace, Machine Appliqué, Blanket Stitch, Buttonhole Stitch, Machine Embroidery, Machine Art Quilting, Sashiko, Redwork, Lower Looper Serging, Longarm Quilting

Needle Recommendations:

  • 100/16 or 90/14 Topstitch Needle (40wt in the bobbin)
  • 4.5 Longarm Needle (28wt in the bobbin)

Tips:

  • When using 12wt thread by machine, we recommend using a much thinner thread in the bobbin, like our 40wt.
  • When using in a Longarm machine, quilt slowly, using a longer stitch and silicone conditioner where necessary.

I sell only the small spools in 12 weight.

Invisible Monofilament Thread

Aurifil’s Monofilament Thread is 100% Nylon. Available in two colors (Clear & Smoke), it is it the perfect choice for use whenever the stitches need to camouflage with the background of a project. Monofilament can be used as a top thread for many quilting techniques such as stitch-in-the-ditch, invisible machine applique, outlining, shaping and echoing applique, couching, and of course free motion quilting. The smoothness of the thread also makes it perfect for needle turn applique or EPP.

Uses:
Hand/Needle Turn Appliqué, Attach Binding, Ladder Stitch, Machine Stitch in the Ditch, Invisible Seaming, Free Motion Quilting, Couching, Machine Appliqué, Outline Appliqué, Shape Appliqué, Echo Appliqué

Needle Recommendations:

  • 90/14 or 100/16 Universal, Microtex/Sharp, or Embroidery Needle (40wt, 50wt, or hand-wound monofilament in the bobbin)
  • 4.0 Longarm Needle (40wt, 50wt, or hand-wound monofilament in the bobbin)
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Aurifil Notes

AURIfil was established in 1983 and is based in Milano, Italy. It quickly became one of the world's premier manufacturers of fine thread for professional and domestic quilters.

Mako cotton is very fine cotton spun from extra long staple Egyptian fiber. It is smooth and strong. The light weight and superior strength of this thread results in less bulk and a neater seam. When seams lay flatter, the block size is more precise. And because of the fineness of the thread, a lot more Aurifil will load on a bobbin vs. so many other brands. Aurifil is very careful with the twisting and finishing process, which eliminates thread fraying and tangling. It can be found on many of the award winning quilts housed at the Museum of the American Quilter's Society.

Except for the wooden spools, the spools come with handy removable end caps. Just twist off the cap to find the thread end and then replace cap. When you are finished sewing, lower the cap to capture that loose end. They come individually wrapped so they will reach you in their pristine condition. Its low lint properties makes it the recommended thread of many quilters as well as machine repair technicians. This wonderful, high-sheen thread keeps machines happy and productive.

AURIfil designates their colors by number alone. The color names you find at this site are only used at this site.

 
 
 
 
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