Mako Cotton

Aurifil Mako cotton thread is available in a fantastic range of 270 different colours and 5 thread weights. All of which can be seen in the following Mako thread pages.

Mako Cotton

Aurifil Mako is made of 100% Mercerised Long Staple Egyptian Cotton grown on the River Nile, spun and dyed in their factory in Milan. It is available in five weights. Mako cotton is a very versatile thread which can be utilised in a wide and varied range of applications, including quilting, patchwork, machine embroidery, lacemaking and many more.

The Twist: Twist is the force that consolidates the fibres and plies of thread. If the twist is too low the yarns may fray and break if is too high, the resulting liveliness in the thread may cause snarling, looping, knots or spillage. After much research and experimentation, Aurifil has found the best processing to avoid these kinds of mishaps, to the great satisfaction of quilters.

The Weight: The yarn count expresses the thickness of the yarn. The yarn count number indicates the length of yarn in relation to the weight. Aurifil Cotton is available in four different weights in order to cover all needs.

Dye: Before dying any cotton, we need to proceed to its mercerization. What is mercerization? It is a treatment for thread mostly used to give cotton a lustrous appearance. This treatment, after removing all impurities and fuzz, increases luster, strength, affinity to dye, gives resistance to mildew and also reduces lint. Cotton with long staple fibre lengths respond best to mercerization.

To provide the impressive range of colours, Aurifil uses two dye processes: Indanthren and Reactive. There is little difference between them, except the maximum washing temperature. Indanthren colours can be washed at 70C, whilst Reactive colours are restricted to 60C. (for full information regarding this please visit where additional data may be found).

Please Note: 80 Weight thread is not available in all colours.  If your selection returns the following message –

‘Sorry, no products matched your selection. Please choose a different combination.’

Please select either an alternative weight or colour thread.

Also Note: we do not hold all colour/weight/sizes in stock. Those currently held in stock will allow you to make that selection (including being placed on ‘back order’), otherwise the selection will be reported as ‘Out of Stock’. Please make an alternative selection or contact us using the ‘Contact Us’ tab should you wish to place a special order.