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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.”

Location

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...

A-Best has the right sewing machine solution for every project, and every budget. We carry top brands for sewing, embroidery and quilting. There’s no project to small, or too big, so we even deliver and install your choice of quilting long arm machines and frames. You can find all your needles, thread and accessories stocked in our large showroom. And when you purchase your new or used sewing machine from A-Best, free sewing classes and online videos will help you get started.

Whether you’re cleaning the hard floor in the kitchen, the heavy living room carpet or getting dog hair off the couch, A-Best has the right vacuum cleaner to meet your home’s cleaning needs. We have both residential and commercial vacuum cleaner options to care for the biggest of jobs and the smallest of spaces. You can visit us in store or request a virtual demo from one of our team.

When it comes to your home care, we carry the best in cleaning products and air purification. The right products to care for your home are available for demo in-store, or through our virtual shopping appointments. With major air purification brand names and sustainable cleaning products, A-Best will help you keep those you love clean and safe.

We believe Sewing is Fun! And our customers enjoy our robust sewing machine education programs. From individual sewing classes to help you use your new machine to training events with big name sewing celebrities, A-Best will provide a premier sewing class experience – not to mention a great party with other sewing enthusiasts. Sewing isn’t just a job or a hobby, it’s a social experience. Join our online education by following our blog, Tip of the Needle. We’re consistently offering tips, tricks and new ideas to make your sewing experience better.

We believe Sewing is Fun! And our customers enjoy our robust sewing machine education programs. From individual sewing classes to help you use your new machine to training events with big name sewing celebrities, A-Best will provide a premier sewing class experience – not to mention a great party with other sewing enthusiasts. Sewing isn’t just a job or a hobby, it’s a social experience. Join our online education by following our blog, Tip of the Needle. We’re consistently offering tips, tricks and new ideas to make your sewing experience better.

Our team strives to provide you the very best service products you already own. We have top-notch technicians for sewing machine service and vacuum cleaner repair. Options from simple tune-ups to premium service plans allow A-Best to care for you and your machine in a timely fashion. And, we have convenient pick-up and drop off services, so ask us if full service is available in your area.

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Meet The Team

Jessica

Solutions Consultant

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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.

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Christopher

Inventory Control Specialist & Marketing

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.

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Parker

Service Technician

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.

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Bernie

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.

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Janet

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.

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Steve

Service Technician

Working in service there is a lot of variety. I especially enjoy working on the embroidery machines and supporting our sewist community as they build designs and create their amazing projects. Using my lifelong repair experience – I get satisfaction from solving problems and fixing issues and always care for each machine as if it were my own.

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Molly

As an accounting assistant I help A-Best strive for success in their business. I am passionate about helping maintain the A-Best business goals to keep brightening up our customer’s days, providing amazing customer service. I love when numbers match up or we match a customer with the perfect product because it feels like solving a puzzle.

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Andy

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.

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