It is still a good vacuum. I will attempt to sew up the ripped seam, but I am having doubts that it will hold.
I needed to empty the bag and I'm pretty sure that I inhaled a good portion of the dirt and dust that came out. I'm still coughing, and it is a deep chest cough.
I know for a fact that the bag hasn't been emptied since 1993, that was when I put fragrance beads into the vacuum cleaner bag to help freshen the smell when I vacuumed.
I couldn't believe the amount of animal fur and hair that I had to yank out of the bag. That bag holds a lot!
I was able to at least vacuum up the visible pieces of trash and dust bunnies on the floor, but I'm starting to see a thin layer of dust on top of everything. I'll go around and dust tomorrow. I don't feel like doing anymore cleaning today.