I've been doing it this way for over 35 years. Dang! All this time I thought I invented the technique!
Originally Posted by eddym
...But the best tip I ever heard was from a Pentax rep.
Basically, he said to reverse the loading instructions:
first, holding the open camera in your right hand and the film casette in your left, insert the leader into the takeup spool (yes, BEFORE you put the film cassette into the camera); then turn the spool with your thumb, wrapping the film around it securely;
THEN pull the cassette back over to the left side of the camera and drop it into its place.
Take the slack out with the rewind lever, close the back, and fire off a couple of frames... and you're done.
Once you get the hang of this "backwards" technique, it is very fast and secure.