Is there some adapter for using these chips with a breadboard??
Jameco has a snap-off board
that has a few dozen SMT adapters on it.. for a mere $45 USD... you might have to look through the catalogue to figure out which board will do the trick, as they have several different models. Once you get them set up they are pretty handy, as you have each tiny smd part mounted on a robust carrier board with .1" pins.
In general, SMD parts are a headache unless you are doing PCB's for them, in which case they are a dream!
Hey, out of curiosity, what country is your stepper-motor-experiments-lab in?