Are you using plastic or stainless reels?
I'd sacrifice a roll and practice in the light.
This is something I'm betting all of us has had to conquer.
1) listen carefully to the sound the film makes as you load it - it is distinctive when the film goes off track;
2) use your fingers to regularly check the side of the reels. When the film goes off track, it tends to protrude;
3) make sure the ball bearings are moving freely before you start loading the film.
The film should load easily on a Patterson reel if it is absolutely clean and dry.
Ill shoot another roll of film tomorrow and try again, thanks guys for all your help.
Make sure the reel is totally dry....that's a big mistake I made with the result of frustration and ruined images. I agree with photo-flo...when I develop b/w negatives that's my last step and it really helps
All above valuable advise, dry reels the absolutely most important thing.
Another thing, make sure your hands are dry.....silly point?, no its not, the film surface ( any film ) will easily take on moisture, keep a lint free cloth handy, when l started out processing a loooong time ago and when training other people they were a little nervous / anxious when loading onto Paterson reels, and if you are then you perspire.
I really do not know if people wera cotton gloves? I never have as you need to 'feel'.
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