A-Best is a full-service sewing machine and vacuum retailer and service center, providing stellar experience for sewing enthusiasts and enjoyable shopping for all sewing and home care needs. We carry top brands in sewing machines, vacuum cleaners and home care products–including sustainable cleaning products.
Vern and his business partner and wife, Lisa, started A-Best as an off-shoot of A-Plus Sew & Vac in Owatonna, MN, run by Vern’s parents, Byron and Janet Hanson. After buying A-Plus in 2009, the sewing super center in Albert Lea grew to absorb the Owatonna location caring for customers across the upper Midwest. What in the early years was a true family business, with most of the couple’s eight children working in the business at some point, is now a team of more than 10 local professionals(several with family ties).
In a state where fishing, boating and hunting dominate the outdoor hobby market, A-Best’s sewing enthusiasts engage in quilting, embroidery and all varieties of sewing hobbies with equal passion.“Sewing is a big industry–it’s a hobby that continues to grow,” says owner, Vern Hanson. “The average sewist today doesn’t just have one sewing machine … they have several, and they want to spend time with their friends and family pursuing this passion. At A-Best, we are privileged to provide the venue for them to enjoy their hobby.”
A-Best Sew & Vac is the Midwest’s largest, premiere destination for full-service sewing machine and vacuum needs, located in Albert Lea, MN at the crossroads of I-35 and I-90. We carry top brands in sewing machines, vacuum cleaners and home care products, including sustainable cleaning products. Janome, Brother, Baby Lock, Miele, Riccar, Simplicity, Accuquilt, and GreenTech are just a few of our favorite, quality brands.
We have a 25,000 square foot showroom and Education Center and though A-Best is a local small-town shop, it’s standards of excellence are internationally recognized bringing international executives from major sewing manufacturing brands to see what is so special about this local home town operation.
What We Do...
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Events and Education Coordinator
One of my favorite parts of the job is taking time to get to know our customers by discovering their needs, wants and passions. My passion is providing great service and exceptional educational experiences. Problem solving to help a customer find the right class or project is the most gratifying part of my job. It helps working in an environment where everyone feels like family.
Inventory Control Specialist &
Between Inventory and Marketing, I've got a lot going on in the background. I love being able to work with our vendors to make sure we have a good supply for our customers. A-Best has a great atmosphere and allows me an easy work/home balance in my life.
There is nothing like the feeling of working through a problem and finding a way to fix any machine. Working in the A-Best service department as a Service Technician is rewarding for me because we are helping customers get the most out of their investment. I feel pride when customers know they can trust us to get their machine running in top shape.
Operations Finance Manager
Our team is the best at learning about the customers and helping them find the best possible solution to address their needs and desires in a friendly courteous manner. A-Best Sew & Vac has been a family run business since its inception more than 20 years ago and there is a wonderful sense of community experienced among the staff and customers alike.
Customer Care Specialist
Greeting customers with a welcoming smile when they enter the store or speaking to them on the phone makes every day special. I enjoy finding out how we can best serve each customer’s specific want or need and connecting them with an A-Best specialist. I love making customers smile and taking care of them as if they are the most special person we have at that moment, hour or day.