How to Install a Chicago Screw (For the Fremont Tote)
Measure from the top of the side seam, 2” down and mark.
Align the bottom of the leather tab with this mark and either the right or left side of the strap with the side seam. This will off -set the hole to either the right or left side, in order to avoid setting the hardware through a seam.
Use the pre-punched hole in the leather tab as a template and mark through it onto the exterior fabric. This is your Chicago Screw placement mark. Repeat for the other side.
Align the side seams of the exterior and lining (to avoid punching a holethrough the lining side seam). Use a leather punch or a drive punch (3/16”) to create a hole through all layers of fabric at the Chicago Screw placement mark.
Take the female side of the Chicago Screw and insert it into one of the holes in the leather tab from the right side of the leather.
Coming from the outside of the tote, insert the female side of the Chicago Screw through the exterior and lining.Next, thread the metal ring through the tab. .
Thread the second hole in the leather tab through the female side of the Chicago Screw on the inside of the tote.
Insert the male side of the Chicago Screw into the female side of the screw from the lining side.
Tighten using a flat head screwdriver and the optional Malan Chicago Screw tool. Repeat for other side.