Aurifil Cotton Mako 12/2 Thread

Aurifil 12:2         Aurifil varigated 12:2

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.Heathers Scrappy Pillows 6Heathers Scrappy Pillows 2

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:

Hand Appliqué
Use 12wt for hand appliqué, Buttonhole stitch for a primitive look and for Blanket Stitch appliqué.

Hand Embroidery
Used as a replacement for stranded & pearl embroidery threads for the stitchery blocks.

Hand quilting
Achieve beautiful results using the ‘Big Stitch’ or ‘Utility Stitch’ with a larger eyelet needle and for Sashiko type work

Cross Stitch
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

Machine Appliqué
Use 12wt for a heavy Blanket Stitch or for a primitive look use a Buttonhole Stitch. (Use 50wt in the bobbin)

Machine embroidery
12wt is beautiful for designs that use a longer stitch length. Use a Top Stitch 100/16 needle.

Machine Quilting
Superb for art quilting when heavier thread effects are desired . Beautiful on linen and denim fabric . Use a 90/14 topstitch needle.

Machine Sashiko
Achieve great results using 12wt for Machine Sashiko

12wt is perfect for Red-work and Stitchery

Lower Looper

Longarm Quilting
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!Heathers Scrappy Pillows 5


2 thoughts on “Aurifil Cotton Mako 12/2 Thread

  1. is there a specific reason hamels doesn’t carry aurifil 50 wt thread
    in individual colours rather than in those large packs you stock
    just paid 450$ from anoother outlet b/cI could buy colours I pick
    would rather have bought them from hamels…my fave place to shop
    thank you ahead of time if you choose to answer…
    ruby wach >>user name ….pauline chapman

    • Thank you for choosing to shop with us and the kind words about our shop. We are looking into bringing in the Aurifil thread collection. Should this happen we will announce it in our newsletter.

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