Milinda Sews

SummerSlingBag2Milinda Jay Stephenson

The love of sewing is deeply rooted in Milinda’s family. In 1906, her great-grandmother opened a sewing and notions store in Southport, Florida. She began by ordering needles, pins and fine fabrics from the Sears and Roebuck catalog and selling them on her front porch. By 1925, she had moved her fabric and notions store to downtown Panama City where she spread sewing cheer to all who stopped by.

Milinda’s love of innovative techniques, fine fabrics and real Cluny lace is inhertited from her great-grandmother whose children and grandchildren shared her love of sewing. Three generations later, Milinda carries on the tradition of sewing prom gowns, Halloween costumes, cheerleading uniforms, Christmas pajamas and Easter outfits with her own children and, very recently, grandchildren!

Milinda is a frequent contributor to Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew News magazines. You can see some of Milinda’s projects at

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