Aurifil Thread

My favourite thread for piecing & quilting is 100% Cotton Mako’ from Aurifil.

I have included information here about how it can be used on both domestic and Longarm machines.

Aurifil Cotton Mako' 40, 4,700 metre cone

To view colour charts and pricing information visit to the online store

Aurifil Cotton Mako' 40, 1000 metre spool

Aurifil Cotton Mako' 40, 150 metre mini spool

If you operate a registered business and meet the wholesale purchasing conditions you may place a wholesale inquiry by registering for access to the wholesale website.

Read on below to find the answers to frequently asked questions about using Aurifil threads

How can I identify the spool colour?

De-coding the information on an Aurifil spool label

Breaking the Aurifil Spool Code:

There should be a 4 digit colour code number ( 5003) printed on the base of each spool. (in some instances this number will be cut into the plastic base)

The 3 character code ie: 2MD is the dyelot

GR 30 means that the spool holds 30 grams of thread which is equal to 1000 metres in this thread weight.

MAKO’ NE 40/2 means that the thread in the photo is 40 weight cotton and it is a 2 ply thread. This is also designated by the packaging on a green spool.


How can I easily identify the thread weight?

Each Aurifil thread is packaged on a coloured spool coded according to thread weight:

Red Spools Ne12 Cotton Mako’
Ne 12 Lana wool blend
Grey spools: Ne 28  Cotton Mako’
Orange spools:  Ne 50 Cotton Mako’
Green spools Ne 40 Cotton Mako’
White spools Ne 36 Aurilux

How can I keep the thread tails tidy on the spool?

The base of the spool holder is designed to click on & off the spool shaft and can be used to lock the thread tail in place to prevent the spool unravelling.

The spool base is locked to secure the thread tail.

Pull the plastic thread base away from the thread to release the tail for stitching


 How do I stop the thread slipping off the Aurilux spools?

All shiny polyester & rayon threads have a tendency to slip and fall off the spool rather than feeding off smoothly. This can cause the stitches to loop and the thread to catch on the thread guides.

To prevent this, lightly wrap a strip of plastic wrap (yes … common kitchen wrap such as gladwrap) around the spool leaving the thread free to feed from the top of the spool

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