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

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...

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
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Daniel

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.

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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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Russell

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.

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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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Corey

Service Technician

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.

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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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Carol

Customer Care Specialist

I enjoy the opportunity to work with the A-Best staff and customers, learning about the products that are sold in the store (especially sewing & quilting). It’s my job to provide great customer service and to assist them in finding what they need from our store. As a sewist, it’s an added joy to educate others on the products and to help them make a decision that bests suits their needs.

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Paige

Customer Solutions Consultant

Going above and beyond the call of duty to assist customers is what I’m passionate about. I enjoy interacting with a variety of people, answering questions and offering solutions to guarantee the best possible service for each person. Its satisfying to learn new tips and tricks for my own personal use, as well as helping customers review all their options to make the best decision.

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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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