The question now is: now what? Hot soak them and then get them hemmed? The sales clerk at the store as well as my french, APC-obsessed (though not denimhead) friend told me I shouldn't soak them, but everything i read on SF seems to indicate otherwise. The question is: who do you trust more: those who tried both ways and learned the hard way, or a sales clerk? There's myth, and then there's reality. (as I learned at the cost of about, oh, $600 over the years) Tiger's right. Soak them and then hem if you need to. There's much to lose but nothing to gain whatsoever to leaving them dry. None. I would would challenge anyone to prove otherwise.