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Take the old bag and take it to a sweeper shop they can match it up but beware of them trying to sell you something you don't need.They will try and sell you a new sweeper cause the bags are no longer available ,let them know up front you just want to match it up and not interested in the new stuff.
Usually, the tube leading from the sweeper head up into the bag gets plugged. Remove the bag and the bottom cover plate of the sweeper to check the air passage at the rear of the sweeper. Use a hooked wire to dig out any clogs and check the air tube coming into the bag for any clogs on that end. Take the vacuum outside without the bag and turn it on to make sure the air is moving freely (it's likely to be quite dusty for a moment or two). Don't allow the bag to fill completely to help prevent re-occurrence. Hope this helps!
If you have made no changes to the vacuum's setup and are using it on same carpet you have previously used it on with no problem, then the most likely cause is the agitator/beater bar's drive belt is worn or on some models may have a tension adjustment which is set too loosely. This can also be caused by having the vacuums height adjustment set to low for the carpet or flooring you are using it on, causing to much drag when the vacuum is pulled backwards for the agitator to overcome.
The vast majority of agitators turn in a forward direction, as if it would pull the vacuum forward, when you pull the vacuum backwards the drag is increased.
So...First check height adjustment (a no cost fix), then check out the tension adjustment (if present on you model, some engage when top of vacuum is tilted back after stepping on the release pedal) Lastly, consider changing belt especially if you have had the vacuum awhile or if it gets a fair amount of use or it you seem to need to use it on a low height setting all the time to vacuum up debris.