About Us

About Us
A1 Vacuum & Sewing has been serving the Reno market for over 40 years. For the last 10 years, we have grown the store into a top 10 retailer for Baby Lock and Top 25 in Janome, as well as a top 10 national retailer for Elna sewing machines. We pride ourselves in providing the best, comprehensive service, the absolute best deals in town and growing our community. Our buying power allows us to give you the best pricing on the best products available. But more than just the numbers, we want to operate on a long tradition of integrity and fairness.
We're dedicated to building lifelong relationships with our customers and treat them as valued members of our community. Whether you're looking for a basic sewing machine for mending purposes or a high-end vacuum cleaner with a powerful filtration system, we're here to help you select the products that best suit your individual lifestyle and budget needs!

Come in and experience the difference in quality and service at A1 Vacuum & Sewing. And don't take our word for it, take a look at our reviews on:


Meet The Owners: 

Patrick Mulligan: Patrick spent 20 years in the Software space helping companies identify and hire senior executives.  A born tinkerer, he's enjoyed becoming one of A1's certified sewing technicians. He's naturally curious and loves the tangible nature of this business. Having made the transition from talking to executives in far away cities all day to meeting our wonderful customers face to face in the store keeps him smiling and passionate about A1. In his spare time he loves to spend time with his family while climbing rocks, mountain biking, skiing, and traveling. He is a lifelong lover of the outdoors and applies this thinking in offering superior products and keeping them for a long time (vs. disposable goods), which helps sustain the environment.


Jeanne Mulligan :  
An early customer of A1 on both the vacuum and sewing sides of the store, Jeanne's been both a Baby Lock and Brother educator since the store started offering classes!  She's passionate about sewing, crafting and creating since she was a young girl - just ask about other crafts she does. She's crazy about her family: her twins and husband. Jeanne is quick to smile and has an infections laugh -  visit the store and get to know why other rave about her class community!


Meet Our Employees

Dax Kemp: 
Dax is our Senior Sewing Service technician and Service Supervisor.  He's been A1 for three years and is a certified Baby Lock service tech, a certified Janome service tech and a master vacuum mechanic!  He's quick to help customers with their machines and loves the new challenges he faces every day.  He especially loves sweets and goodies brought in by the appreciative community he serves.

Sandy Gifford:  
Sandy is the Baby Lock Educator for A1 Reno Vacuum and Sewing. Her love and fascination of sewing started at the age of seven when her grandmother introduced me to her Singer treadle machine.  While her passion is embroidery, she loves all aspects of the sewing and crafting world.  She finds it very heart warming and uplifting to share with like minded people.  Her mission is to make sure her students have the knowledge and confidence to use their machines to its fullest capability.  Sewing should be relaxing and fun not stressful and she will do her best to make that happen for all of you!  She is very proud to be affiliated with the A1 family where a customer comes in the shop and leaves as a friend.

Shawna Kummer:  Shawna has quickly become a sewist since starting at A1 Reno! She loves to share a new tip or show a cool embroidery machine feature. You'll likely find Shawna teaching one of the classes on IQ Designer/Design Center or Scan N Cut digital cutters. We're thrilled to have Shawna create some How To videos for us. Take a look:

You can see other How To videos here.