The Discount Vacuum & Sewing Center Story

Our Harrisburg store opened in 1992 with a simple concept. Offer more brands than anyone else in the area and guarantee the lowest price. It was a popular concept.  Discount Vacuum & Sewing Center's Bob Vasile grew up in his family's vacuum and sewing store in Lancaster.  His Dad was a District Manager for the Hoover Company.  Between his hands-on experience of working in the family business and his Dad’s mentoring, Bob learned all aspects of the vacuum and sewing industry.

After 16 years, he left the family business and in 1992 opened Discount Vacuum & Sewing Center at its present location on Union Deposit Road in Harrisburg.  It was one of the first stores in the country in the vacuum and sewing industry with the “discount” concept.  It also became one of the only stores in the nation to offer over 20 brands under one roof.  After just 2 years, it was apparent that another location was needed as the store experienced tremendous growth.

In 1994, a second location was opened.  Our store in Mechanicsburg was twice the size of our Harrisburg store and included the addition of a sewing classroom, which enabled us to offer sewing instruction.  In just 3 years, Discount Vacuum & Sewing Center became the number one independent vacuum and sewing stores in central PA.

In 2004, we outgrew the original space in our Harrisburg store and we doubled its size.  Renovations included the addition of a sewing classroom and significantly larger vacuum, sewing, and repair departments.  Many more brands were added and we became one of the nation’s top selling stores of select, high quality brands of vacuum cleaners and sewing machines.

In September 2016, we moved our Mechanicsburg store to Trindle Square at 5129 E. Trindle Road.  The new space is a third larger than our old space that was on Carlisle Pike and gives us some MUCH needed room.  As a result, we expanded our line of vacuum cleaners and sewing machines even more. 

Our service department now repairs more brands of vacuum cleaners and sewing machines than any other in Central PA.  We are one of the only service centers offering FREE on-the-spot estimates on vacuum cleaner and sewing machine repair.  Thanks to our customers, our volume has enabled us to beat ANY store or Internet price on vacuum cleaners, sewing machines, supplies, parts, and everything else we carry.  This is backed up by our Guaranteed Lowest Price Policy.  Since we match Internet prices, there’s no need to wait to get what you want.  Thanks to all who have made this possible.  We look forward to continuing to earn your business.  Are you new to our stores?  Stop in and we’ll do our best to exceed your expectations.