A while back, we received a bunch of Aurifil thread, including many assorted boxes of cotton Mako 12/2 thread and a Aurifil’s 12 weight wool thread, here at the store. We all looked it and wondered how we could use this beautiful looking thread and have since discovered some interesting uses for it.
So what are all the different numbers of thread used for? Aurifil’s 12 weight thread is best for decorative quilting, 28wt is best for hand quilting, 40wt is best for machine quilting and 50wt is best for detailed quilting. We even have a few variegated 12 weight spools of thread in our vault at the moment.
After purchasing some of this thread for my stash, I decided to try it out by quilting some pillow tops and have been thrilled with the results with machine quilting using a walking foot. The wool thread works much the same, however, you get a fuzzier look with it. The pictures below show a pillow stitched decoratively with “Aurifil’s Cotton Mako 12/2” thread. I set my stitch length longer to in order for the stitches to mimic hand stitches and was amazed at how this thread performed.
This 12/2 weight thread is heavier than you would want for machine piecing blocks and general sewing but as it turns out, according to Aurifil, it can be used in the following ways in either hand work or machine stitching:
Use 12wt for hand appliqué, Buttonhole stitch for a primitive look and for Blanket Stitch appliqué.
Used as a replacement for stranded & pearl embroidery threads for the stitchery blocks.
Achieve beautiful results using the ‘Big Stitch’ or ‘Utility Stitch’ with a larger eyelet needle and for Sashiko type work
12wt is suitable for Backstitching or Cross-stitching in 1 strand, giving more definition to your work.
Use 12wt to add embroidery stitches as embellishment on a quilt surface.
Great for use on Bobbin Lace Gimp
Use 12wt for a heavy Blanket Stitch or for a primitive look use a Buttonhole Stitch. (Use 50wt in the bobbin)
12wt is beautiful for designs that use a longer stitch length. Use a Top Stitch 100/16 needle.
Superb for art quilting when heavier thread effects are desired . Beautiful on linen and denim fabric . Use a 90/14 topstitch needle.
Achieve great results using 12wt for Machine Sashiko
12wt is perfect for Red-work and Stitchery
Beautiful effect, quilt slowly, large needle (4.5), adjust thread path for less resistance, use silicone when necessary, pair with 28wt bobbin thread. Good for art quilting when heavier thread effects are desired.
Although this is a specialty type of thread, we encourage you to pick up a spool or two and try it out on a project and see what results you get. It’s a very silky-feeling thread and if you use it with a large eye heavier needle, you will be amazed with this product!