Nikon FE trouble loading film

Jul 15, 2009
So i'm having trouble loading film, well, not trouble, but it wont work at all.

So I load the film and guide it into the spool. When I pull the film advance level, the spool turns, and it looks as it should.
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But when I release it, it ends up doing this.
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The spool wont lock into place after pulling the film advance to make the film tight. Am I doing something wrong? Or maybe the mechanism that prevents the spool from rolling back is broken? I can't get the film to stay flat

Help please!
May 7, 2007
Canadian Prairies
Man it's been so long since I spooled a roll of film, I should really go unpack my film bodies before I answer to this thread. You aren't by any chance pushing on the double exposure release are you? Or is your rewind release stuck? Have you tried advancing the film by rolling the spool with your fingers?...and if so what happens when you release your finger from the spool?

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