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Roller reefing

Newbie question.
I have a (new to me) Mirage 24. Few afternoons of sailing her under my belt. Most of my experience sailing is from years back - summer sailing school as a kid, then some racing crew on keel boats.
My boat has a Furlex roller reefing system (s50) for the jib but I'm having a tough time getting it to furl even in light conditions. Can't imagine how I could reef in heavy weather.
Today I removed all the spare line from the drum so there is only what is required for the sail - but even with less line to tangle it is still resistant.
Pulling on the reefing line I feel like I'm going to break something. So far the only way I've been able to start the first few rolls is to twist the sail by hand. Once it's started then I can use a winch to roll in the rest. Only the last third can be hand pulled.
Any advice is appreciated. It's not that hard to twist by hand - So I'm wondering if I've got the sail rotation reversed or something?

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