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Fabric feeds through really slow

I have a brother xl3010 and it had been working great, I dont know what happened but now the stitching is so close together and if I look really carefully it does pull the fabric through, but in order for the stitching to look normal I have to manually pull it through from behind which is kindof a pain, I asked somone else and they said it was the tension, do you have any suggestions and do you think it is easy to fix if I could just do it at home?


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Remove the needle plate and clean the feed dogs(the grooves between the teeth)


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