Spool colour coding and weight codes for Aurifil threads

80wt - Wooden spool

Aurifil’s 100% Cotton 80wt thread is one of the newest members of the Aurifil family. Introduced in 2016, it is available in 88 vibrant, luxurious colors showcased on beautiful cherry wooden spools. Such a thin thread is perfect for a variety of techniques, including English Paper Piecing, Hand Applique, Machine Embroidery, Machine Applique, Free Motion Quilting, Free Motion Couching, and more.

Uses:

English Paper Piecing, Hand Appliqué, Machine Embroidery, Machine Appliqué, Free Motion Quilting, Free Motion Couching

Needle Recommendations:

  • 70/10 or 80/12 Microtex/Sharp or Embroidery Needle (80wt in the bobbin)
  • #10 hand sewing needle

Tips:

For hand sewing, use a short length of thread, around 12”-18” to reduce tangling and breaking.

50wt - Orange spool

Aurifil’s 50wt thread is our most versatile and most popular Cotton thread. The 50wt is strong and thin, and results in remarkably flat and crisp seams. While it is wonderful for piecing, subtle quilting & topstitching, and English Paper Piecing it also works incredibly well for Needle Turn Applique, Bobbin and Machine Lace, Machine Applique (Straight Stitch, ZigZag, Blind Hem and Blanket Stitch,) Machine Embroidery, Dense Machine Quilting, Subtle Machine and Longarm Quilting, Basting, Whole Cloth and Micro Quilting, and Dense Background Designs.

Uses:

Needle Turn Applique, English Paper Piecing, Hand Piecing, Bobbin and Machine Lace, Machine Applique (Straight Stitch, Zig Zag, Blind Hem, and Blanket Stitch), Machine Embroidery, Dense Machine Quilting, Subtle Machine and Longarm Quilting, Basting, Whole Cloth and Micro Quilting, Dense Background Designs.

Needle Recommendations:

  • 80/12 Microtex/Sharp, Universal, Quilting, or Denim Needles (50wt in the bobbin)
  • 4.0 Longarm Needle (50wt in the bobbin)

40wt - Green spool

Because of its slightly thicker weight, it is perfect for use with sewing bags, toys or dolls, garments, or when a more defined topstitching or quilting pattern is desired. It is also terrific for Single, Double or Triple Strand Cross Stitch, Hand Piecing, Bobbin and Machine Lace, Machine Applique, Machine Embroidery, Edge-to-Edge, Pantographs, and Custom Longarm Quilting.

Uses:

Single, Double or Triple Strand Cross Stitch, Hand Piecing, Bobbin and Machine Lace, Machine Applique, Machine Embroidery, Edge-toEdge, Pantographs, Custom Longarm Quilting.

Needle Recommendations:

  • 80/12 Microtex/Sharp, Universal, or Denim Needle (40wt or 50wt in the bobbin)
  • 90/14 or 75/11 Quilting Needle (40wt or 50wt in the bobbin)
  • 3.5 or 4.0 Longarm Quilting Needle (50wt in the bobbin)

12 wt - Red spool

It is the heaviest weight thread that we offer and is perfect for hand applique, hand embroidery, hand quilting, cross stitch, embellishment, handmade lace, machine applique, blanket stitch, machine embroidery (especially for designs that use a longer stitch length), machine art quilting, Sashiko, redwork, lower looper serging, and longarm quilting.

Uses:

Hand Appliqué, Hand Embroidery, Hand Quilting, Cross Stitch, Embellishment and Lace, Machine Appliqué, Blanket Stitch, Buttonhole Stitch, Machine Embroidery, Machine Art Quilting, Sashiko, Redwork, Lower Looper Serging, Longarm Quilting

Needle Recommendations:

  • 100/16 or 90/14 Topstitch Needle (40wt in the bobbin)
  • 4.5 Longarm Needle (28wt in the bobbin)

Tips:

  • When using 12wt thread by machine, we recommend using a much thinner thread in the bobbin, like our 40wt.
  • When using in a Longarm machine, quilt slowly, using a longer stitch and silicone conditioner where necessary.

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If you need any of the Aurifil products based on color card number, please don't hesitate to contact me, it can be easily added to my selections within couple of weeks!

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