At A-Best, not only do we want you in the machine of your dreams, but we want you to be confident in your ability to use your machine and all its features and functions.  Whether you have a computerized or mechanical machine, we’ve put together a series of classes that will assist you in learning the capabilities of your particular machine.

We know that not all of our sewist community is at the same level of expertise, so we’ve done our best to structure our classes to accommodate different skill levels. Feel free to look through our available classes and find where you would fit in best.

If you aren’t sure and would like some help finding the right class, give us a call at 507-377-8244 and speak with our Education Coordinator CC, she can assist you in getting signed up for the appropriate classes.You can also request specific classes by clicking the button below. A member of our team will reach out to you as quickly as possible once we have received your request.

A-Best Sewcials Club

Sewcials are a great way to get together with fellow quilters, sewists, embroidery enthusiasts, and crafters to share your ideas and get fresh ideas and tips from others. 

Our July Sewcial will be on Thursday, July 21st from 5pm – 7pm. 
 
With the heat and humidity taking it’s toll, we’ve decided to do an Icecream Sewcial!
 
If you plan to attend, please RSVP so that we have an idea of how many people will be there.

Show off your projects! Get and give tips and tricks on how to create projects. The Sewcial Club is an opportunity to make new friends, enjoy project show and tell, and see demonstrations on the latest products and techniques.

Want to chat about Sewcials? Call or email CC – our education coordinator at 507-377-8244 or cc@myabest.com.

Current Classes & Events

Look through our current classes below to see what we have to offer. ***Terms and Conditions May Apply***

There are two main categories of classes for you to choose from: 

Instructional Classes: These classes teach you how to use the functions and features of your machine. 

Project Classes: In a project class, you will complete or nearly complete your project while in class. For these classes we prefer that you have basic working knowledge of your sewing/embroidery machine. 

Instructional Classes
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101 Setup & Maintenance

Instructional Classes

In this two hour course, you will learn: How to clean and maintain your machine. How to thread, and wind bobbins. How your machine operates, including changing feet, changing needles and adjusting thread tension. Sewing straight stitch and zig zag

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102C Basics of Computerized Machines

Instructional Classes

In this course you will learn: How to use your navigation panel to set stitches. How to adjust straight stitch for basting, gathering and altering needle position. How to alter zig zag stitch for satin stitch, over casting and overedge. Blind hem stitching and top stitching. Buttons and buttonholes. Sewing on a zipper. Sewing decorative stitches

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102M Basics of Mechanical Machines

Instructional Classes

In Basics 102M, you will learn: How to adjust straight stitch for basting, gathering and altering needle position. How to alter zig zag stitch for satin stitch, overcasting and overedge. Blind hem stitching and top stitching. Buttons and buttonholes. Sewing on a zipper

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Beginner Embroidery Class

Instructional Classes

This class will be a setup and maintenance class to help you get to know your machine and learn how to care for it. Plus, we’ll cover hoops, stabilizers, threads and other basics so that you can feel confidant using your new embroidery capability.

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Classes Terms & Conditions

Instructional Classes:

  • Most classes are machine specific (models are grouped together based on functions and features).
  • Classes are scheduled based on requests and educator availability. Classes have a minimum of three (3) attendees per class. Lower registration may result in cancellation or rescheduling.
  • We request 24-hour notice if you are not able to attend your scheduled class. Our educators are valuable resources who travel great distance to teach our classes and we want to notify them in advance if a class will not be held due to cancellations.
    • Not providing 24-hour cancellation notice may result in a $25 rescheduling fee (applied to your next class request, including TTTPPP owners).
    • Exceptions to cancellation terms are at the discretion of the education coordinator.
  • We will provide one-on-one class instruction for special requests. An additional $30 class fee is applied to one-on-one instruction (including for TTTPPP owners).
  • Every sewing machine purchase at A-Best comes with one instructional class at no charge. Instructional classes must be used within 12 months of purchase.
  • Only active TTTPPP plans are eligible for free instructional classes (and only during the period covered by the TTTPPP purchase, typically 1-5 years).
  • See specific classes for fee and registration details.
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Feet Possibilities

Workshop

In this 2-day workshop we will cover a total of fourteen different feet.
Day One: Saturday July 23.
Day Two: Saturday July 30
Time: 10:30am – 4:00pm each day

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Classes Terms & Conditions

Project Classes:

  • Project classes are specific to the date and description provided and require advance purchase. 
  • Classes may have additional fees for materials or kits (see pricing details when you register, as these separate fees may be due at time of class).
  • We request 48-hour notice if you are not able to attend your purchased project class. Our educators are valuable resources who travel great distances to teach our classes and we want to notify them in advance if a class will not be held due to cancellations.
    • Fees for classes cancelled at least 48 hours in advance may be refunded or applied to a future class. 
    • Not providing 48-hour cancellation notice may result in a $25 rescheduling fee (applied to your next class request, including TTTPPP owners).
    • Exceptions to cancellation terms are at the discretion of the education coordinator. 
  • Only active TTTPPP plans are eligible for 50% off certain project classes (and only during the period covered by the TTTPPP purchase, typically 1-5 years). See class details to learn whether a class qualifies for TTTPPP discounts. 

A-Best Education Staff

The A-Best Education Team will strive to set you up with the best instructional class you need to use your machine to it’s fullest potential. 

We have some amazing educators dedicated to help you achieve the next skill level so that you can create wonderful projects with all the knowledge you need. A-Best is invested in your growth as a sewist/quilter. 

Education Coordinator
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A-Best Education Staff

Education Coordinator

CC
My favorite part of the job is taking time 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.

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A-Best Education Staff

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Carol
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). 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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A-Best Education Staff

Instructor

Kathy
What I love most about my job is meeting new people and getting them the information to use all the features of their machine. Taking care of the customer and making a positive impact for encouraging their creativity and enjoyment.

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A-Best Education Staff

Instructor

Joan

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