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.”
Located in Albert Lea, MN at the crossroads of I-35 and I-90, A-Best grew from a small family business in 1994 to become the largest in the Midwest. It is considered top 10 in sewing sales, service and education nationally. The company started in a small storefront of 500 square feet and now boasts a 25,000 square foot showroom and education center. 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...
Choice Sewing machine & Vacuum Dealer
of products to choose from
SQ Ft Showroom
years in business
Sr Customer Solutions Consultant
Interacting with our clients and seeing them happy and excited about what they do and how our products and services meet their needs is everything. I love hearing from them how much they enjoy their experience at A-Best Sew & Vac. We’ll always see that our clients are given a world-class experience, whether receiving help with their current products or looking for something new.
Shop & Facilities Supervisor
Finding each customer the right product to meet their needs is key. We aim to find the right sewing machine or vacuum, regardless of brand or price point. After the sale, we continue to serve our customers with service, accessories and helping them in any way that we can! I love working with my co-workers and enjoy that every day is unique and different.
Inventory Control Supervisor
My position is ever-changing and never monotonous. There is nothing better than knowing you've made someone's day better or less stressful. I love staying busy and having the opportunity to chat with a variety of people every day. The most rewarding thing is seeing how customers connect with the right sewing machine – it allows them to tap into their artistic and creative side.
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.
I love working on such a wide variety of service projects. On any given day I'm working on anything from a ten-needle embroidery machine, to a long arm quilting machine, to a century old treadle machine. It never gets boring! Taking care of customers means doing everything I can to meet their needs and to make them feel like a part of our family here at A-Best.
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.