I just watched a video in which the FMQ was done without a presser foot. The fabric bounces a little but there is no obstruction of the fabric or pattern behind. Also, "Schmetz" has a new needle with a spring that takes the place of our FMQ foot. I'm ordering some to see how they work. It's worth a try being able to see behind the needle is a plus when doing an intricate pattern or doing applique.