About Cotton Mako

Introducing Cotton Mako 80wt, the newest member of the Aurifil family.

88 Colours     80WT-ColorsFEB17
300 yards – 274 mt

Finest thread weight in the Aurifil range.

English Paper Piecing
Hand Applique
Machine Embroidery
Machine Applique
Free Motion Quilting
Free Motion Couching

Available Colours in 80wt

Cotton Mako' Standard spools
  • Aurifil Cotton Mako’ thread is made using the best extra long staple Egyptian cotton making it strong, smooth and relatively fuzz free.
  • The long fibres, and the mercerising treatment used during manufacturing, produces a thread with a high sheen and superior strength.
  • It is available in 270 solid colours, including 36 variegated colours.
  • And is supplied in five thread weights.
Machine quilting with Cotton mako' Ne 40
Aurifil Cotton Mako’ is recommended for any purpose where a reliable, high quality 100% cotton thread is desired.
It is ideal for all forms of patchwork, machine quilting & embroidery, hand quilting & embroidery and bobbin lace work.

Colour Range:

There are 270 colours in the full colour range of Cotton Mako’ threads, including 36 variegated colours.

All colours are available on large spools in the Ne 50, Ne 40 & Ne 28 & small spools in the Ne 50, Ne 40, Ne 28 & Ne 12 Mako’ ranges with selected colours  on large spools in Ne 12 Mako’ range.

Look for the available options when making a purchase online

Mako_col_13-15-web Thread wrapped colour charts are available for purchase for the ultimate accuracy when colour matching.

Thread wrapped colour charts are available for purchase

Printed colour charts are supplied free of charge (subject to stock availability)

Cotton Mako’ is packaged in 5 thread weights so that you can choose the best thread for your purpose.

Ne 80   Ne 50   Ne 40   Ne 28   Ne 12
The “Ne” number system is used to identify the thickness of the thread.
The higher the number the finer the thread eg: Ne 80 is the finest and Ne 12 is the thickest thread in the Mako’ range.
All the information you need to identify the thread is righ there on the spool
Spool holders are colour coded to identify thread type & thread weight.
Ne 80 WOODEN
Ne 50 ORANGE
Ne 40 GREEN
Ne 28 GREY
Ne 12 RED
The large, or standard, spools of Cotton Mako' The smaller, or "mini" spools in the Cotton Mako' range

The small (mini) spools are available for those times when only a small quantity of thread is required.

Mini (or the small spools) of Cotton Mako' are packaged in boxes of 10 spools

Small (mini)spools are packed in boxes of 10 per colour.

Standard spools of Cotton Mako' are packaged in boxes of 6 spools

The Large (standard) spools are packed in boxes of 6 per colour.

The generous size of the large spools makes it possible to finish a design with a minimum number of spool changes.

The large spools are conveniently packaged with a thread retainer base.
Gently twist the base to release thread for sewing & then tighten the base when ready to lock thread tails for storage. A neat way to tidy up those flapping and tangling loose ends!

We are happy to custom pick colours for you if you do not wish to purchase colours by the pre-packed box.

Watch Pat Sloan talking about the Aurifil Cotton Mako’ Thread weights then read on below to choose the weight which best suits your needs:

Cotton Mako’ Ne 50 Embroidery & Appliqué weight

Cotton Mako’ Ne 50 is packaged on the orange spool base

Cotton Mako' Ne 50, standard & mini spools

Description:

100% long staple Egyptian cotton

Available on 1,300 metre large spools, or 200 metre small spools

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Suggested Uses:

  • This fine, but strong, thread produces a subtle effect when used for machine quilting.
  • It is possible to achieve very detailed quilting without an unsightly build up of thread on the quilt.
  • It is a great alternative to silk thread for hand appliqué as cotton Mako’ Ne50 beds down into the background for an invisible finish.
  • Machine appliqué will have a fine delicate finish without the bulky finish of some heavier threads.
  • Ideal for miniature machine piecing, it makes a neat flat, accurate seam with precise points and less bulk.
  • When used for foundation & paper piecing choose a slightly smaller stitch than you would use for general piecing and you will find that the papers will tear away with ease.
  • Recommended for use in the bobbin when machine quilting with any slippery decorative threads.
  • Perfect for miniature patchwork projects
  • A size 70 /75 needle is recommendedNew_applique1-web

Above: Perfect for invisible Needle turned applique

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Above: Fine, heavily detailed quilting by Jenny Bacon

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Above: Thread painting with Cotton Mako’ Ne 50 by Judy Hammersla

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Above: Bobbin Lace by Elizabeth May

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Above: Foundation piecing

Cotton Mako’ Ne 40 – Universal Piecing & Quilting weight

Cotton Mako’ Ne 40 is packaged on the green spool base

Cotton Mako' Ne 40

Description:

100% long staple Egyptian cotton

available on 1000 metre large spools or 150 metre small spools

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Suggested Uses:

  • It is an extremely versatile thread for general sewing, patchwork piecing, machine quilting, machine embroidery & appliqué.
  • Achieve beautiful results when machine quilting.
  • Patchwork piecing
  • Machine quilting
  • Machine embroidery
  • Universal general purpose sewing
  • Hand piecing
  • Bobbin lace making
  • Domestic & Longarm quilting machines
  • A size 75 /80 needle recommended

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Above: Piecing with Cotton Mako’ Ne 40

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Above: Machine quilting with Cotton Mako’ Ne 40

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Above: Machine lace embroidery with Cotton Mako’ Ne 40

Cotton Mako’ Ne 28 – Decorative Quilting weight

Cotton Mako’ Ne 28 is packaged on the grey spool base

Cotton mako' Ne 28

Description:

100% long staple Egyptian cotton

Available on a 750 metre large spool or a 100 metre small spool

A slightly thicker thread

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Suggested Uses:

  • Ideal when a more defined machine quilting stitch is desired.
  • Also suitable for top stitching & blanket stitch appliqué by hand or machine
  • Excellent for embellishment & hand quilting
  • Machine embroidery
  • Hand quilting
  • Domestic & Longarm quilting machines
  • A size 90 needle recommended

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Above:  Machine Embroidery (Pfaff design)

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Above: Heather’s thread art blossom

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Above: Judy’s hand quilting

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Above: Machine Quilting

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Above: Susan Matthews winning machine quilting with Cotton Mako’ Ne 28

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Above: Blanket stitch applique

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Above: Hand embroidered cross stitch

Cotton Mako’ Ne 12 -Super Decorative Thread

Cotton Mako’ Ne 12 is packaged on the red spool base

Cotton Mako' Ne 12

Description:

100% long staple Egyptian cotton

Available on a 325 metre large spool or a 50 metre small spool

Thickest thread in the Cotton Mako’ range

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Suggested Uses:

  • Ideal when a heavily defined machine quilting stitch is desired.
  • Suitable for top stitching by hand or machine
  • Blanket stitch appliqué by hand or machine
  • Excellent for embellishment & hand quilting
  • Creative decorative textile art
  • Popular in Europe for heavy machine embroidered lace
  • Replaces stranded threads for hand embroidering
  • A size 100 needle recommended

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Above: Machine embroidery

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Above: Hand embroidery

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Above: Machine Quilting

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Above: Heather’s hand quilting

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Above: Punch Needle embroidery

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Above: Pam Igo’ machine stitched sashiko

Care Instructions:

Cotton Mako’ is machine washable and colour fast under normal laundering conditions.However, it is recommended that you avoid the use of chlorine and strong detergents, containing bleaching agents, as these may damage some thread colours.

  • Maximum washing temperature 60oC
  • Maximum ironing temperature 150oC
  • May be Dry Cleaned

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