Established in 1983, Aurifil is an accomplished Italian company based near Milano, with a full-grown experience in producing superior quality cotton threads for professional and domestic quilters. Aurifil threads are made from Long Staple Egyptian Mako cotton. The 50 weight Mako cotton thread is the most popular and versatile thread. It is ideal for hand piecing and hand appliqué especially when using the needle turn method. It also perfect for machine appliqué when you want the fabric to be the feature rather than the thread- the thread looks like it "melts" into the fabric, use straight, small zig zag, and blanket stitches. The 50 wt thread is fine and thin which is helpful in creating a very flat seam when machine piecing. In machine quilting it works great for back tracking and heavy background design work.220 Yards of 50 weight Aurifil 100% Cotton Mako thread.