I was FMQ along, making millions and millions of pebbles.
I have an old Viking and in the beginning of the year purchased what they call the 'darning foot' It worked just fine, it's always been there during my path of knowledge. I knew NOTHING about FMQ before it came.
Yesterday, the metal wire thing that the needle bounces off of, broke off. I was right in the middle of these millions, and thought of just giving it a try with a different foot, I think they call it the 'open toe' foot.
Result? The stitching was not worse than it had been WITH the darning foot!
It was not perfect then, and isn't now but it seems the darning foot is not a requirement for FMQ. None of the 'mistakes' had to do with the darning foot not being there