Hello Mary, here are some pictures of how I fixed mine.
Note, this fix is for Kenmore washers with a magnetic latch / lock and may not work for everyone. Check your latch model and setup before doing anything, however, check out what I did because my method is a non destructive fix (nothing is broken).
I would rate this fix as a beginner level fix (most anyone should be able to do this).
I used my first approach as mentioned in my first post. 1. I Removed the existing latch. 2. Bought a new latch to modify (about $11)(Part No. W10240513, just search for it online). 3. Took apart the new latch so that I just had the magnetic hook (very easy). 4. Found the optimal position of the latch in the washer lock mechanism (this is so that the magnet is at the right height for the mechanism, also easy to do). 5. Find whatever thing will hold that latch at that height in the mechanism; whether you tape it there, use a skinny clothes pin (like I did in the pictures), or use your own creative method (just find what you have laying around). 6. My fix does not affect the lid's ability to close at all. My lid closes without even touching my modification. 7. Now wash away. Its that easy. It took me about 30min to do even with taking the pictures as I went along. Just give it a shot, if this does not work for you, just re-install your original latch till you find what does ;). DO NOTE: check the product number of your specific latch to make sure it is the same as mine before making any orders (the number is in small etched print on the latch assembly itself).
I have attached the pictures, but here are some links in case that does not work. i55.tinypic.com/2w1s83k.jpg i53.tinypic.com/2j15tuo.jpg i51.tinypic.com/21d0dwp.jpg