So, if you haven't heard, I was given a great pair of APC New Standards by a bunch of my generous cohorts here on the forum. I now have questions as always. (Why do you think I made this place to begin with?. ) I started by folding the bottoms up inside since they will need to be hemmed. I want to wear them and break them in, but I don't know whether I should get them hemmed soon or if I can just wear them like this (even though it's kind of awkward with the double layer there). Luckily there is no danger of them dragging on the ground since the bottoms are so tight. Would it be very hard for me to hem them myself? I have a machine. I can get denim needles. I'll have to find the right thread (cotton, right? waxed?). Or do I dare entrust the job to some local hack job? I don't know a tailor around here that specializes in denim. BTW, the hem is not chainstitched now, it's not puckered or broken in at all, and I don't care about keeping them "original". Which washing "recipe" (from the APC booklet) should I follow? I doubt I am going to go to the sea any time soon to rub sand all over them and soak them in salt water (recipe #3). Actually I could do that, but I'd have to do it at night to avoid arousing suspicions. Any other tips? Thanks, and I highly recommend these if you like a slim cut. They're already feeling a lot more comfortable than at about 1 PM when I put them on (10 hours).